Friday, March 8, 2013
Here's how to make your workplace a "greener" place.
The following tip comes courtesy the Go Green Galloway Task Force for Sustainability: Sometimes, people that are really diligent about recycling and energy efficiency at home are not necessarily that committed at work. Sometimes the lack of motivation is driven by the company; sometimes by the maintenance staff not keeping recycling separate, and sometimes by co-workers. But whatever the cause, you can champion the movement to green your workplace. You will probably find that most people want to do the right thing but are not sure how to go about it. Here are a few quick tips: * Find out how the recyclables are being handled and request that memos go out to employees with specific instructions about what to recycle and where. * Make …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The grants are worth $125 each.
Tuesday, February 26
The deadline to apply for one of 30 mini-grants available for residents who wish to create a more wildlife friendly environment has been extended until March 5, the Go Green Galloway Task Force for Sustainability announced on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The mini-grants, worth $125 each, are part of a larger $10,000 grant awarded to the township through the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program funded by PSEG. Those who fulfill the requirements of the mini-grant by this fall will be reimbursed up to $125 for the purchase of plant material, according to the task force. Additionally, those who meet the requirements of Sustainable Landscaping Caretaker and Sustainable Landscape Steward will receive plaques, and five of the participating properties …
Friday, February 8, 2013
There are steps Galloway residents can take to put an end to unsolicited mail and help the environment.
Friday, February 8
The following tip comes courtesy the Go Green Galloway Task Force for Sustainability. If you are like the rest of us, you receive mountains of mail each day, most of which is unsolicited. The average person gets only 1.5 personal letters each week, compared to 10.8 pieces of junk mail and 44% of that junk mail is thrown in the trash, unopened and unread (not recycled). Consider the impact on the environment: 100 million trees are destroyed each year to produce junk mail and 28 billion gallons of water are used to produce the paper that the junk mail is printed on. You can stop this unsolicited mail with a little time and effort. The easiest way is to pay for a service: www.41pounds.org and www.greendimes.com (Green Dimes also offers a …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Plastic bottles are more expensive and not good for the environment, Go Green Galloway says.
Friday, February 1
The following tip comes courtesy the Go Green Galloway Task Force for Sustainability, concerning the use of stainless steel and reusable containers. Plastic bottles for water are becoming more and more something we should learn to live without. The chemical leaching from the plastic, especially when warm, can cause serious health problems. The “one use” factor and the reality that 80% of these bottles fail to get recycled make them even less desirable. Have you heard of the garbage patch floating in our oceans? Plastic bottles that end up in our waters don’t just pollute, they enter the foodchain when they photodegrade into smaller particles. Plus, they are not a good value: bottled water is $1.27/gal versus tap water which is $0.0015/…
Friday, January 25, 2013
Go Green Galloway provided the following tip for residents.
Friday, January 25
The following tip comes courtesy the Go Green Galloway Task Force for Sustainability, concerning a sustainable kitchen. How much time do you spend in and around your kitchen area? It is a good place to think about going green. You can make it more energy efficient, durable, user friendly, appealing, and yes, more sustainable. Energy Star designation should be high on your priority list for appliances, lighting, windows, doors, skylights and suntubes, insulation and water devices. Those items will definitely give you positive, noticeable financial rewards. On the materials side of things, there are also great improvements in performance, longevity, durability and indoor air quality. Non-toxic adhesives make it possible to construct …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Go Green Galloway provides this weekly tip on how to help the environment.
Friday, January 18
The following tip comes courtesy the Go Green Galloway Task Force for Sustainability: Replace paper with cloth. How many paper towels and paper napkins does your family use in the course of a week? Chances are, quite a few. Have you thought about replacing the paper for cloth? This is in keeping with the push to REUSE instead of always using single use items. Cloth napkins, in particular, are a joy to use; and can be washed with other clothes (in an Energy Star rated washer, hopefully) so that you are not wasting water. The napkins can be very inexpensive if you purchase them on sale, in a thrift store, or make them yourself. The same with paper towels- they can easily be replaced by dish towels for most uses. Paper towels and …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
They're part of a larger $10,000 grant recently obtained by the township.
Saturday, January 12
Thirty mini-grants are available to Galloway Township residents concerned with creating a more wildlife friendly environment within the township, the Go Green Galloway Taskforce for Sustainability announced on Friday, Jan. 11. The mini-grants, worth $125 each, are part of a larger $10,000 grant awarded to the township through the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program funded by PSEG. Those who fulfill the requirements of the mini-grant by this fall will be reimbursed up to $125 for the purchase of plant material, according to the task force. Additionally, those who meet the requirements of Sustainable Landscaping Caretaker and Sustainable Landscape Steward will receive plaques, and five of the participating properties will be featured in …
Representatives are also visiting township businesses with a green business checklist.
Saturday, January 12
It’s time for Galloway Township businesses to report their recycling practices for last year, the Go Green Galloway Task Force for Sustainability announced on Friday, Jan. 11. Each business owner and operator is responsible for removing his or her own recyclables. Records must also be kept, so that results can be reported “in a timely manner,” according to the Task Force. Letters have been mailed out to businesses in the township, and responses are due by March 1, according to the Task Force. Those who didn’t receive a letter are asked to contact Barbara Fiedler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 652-3700 x209. Members of the Task Force are joining with members of the Galloway Mother’s Club in visiting businesses with a checklist. …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Go Green Galloway provided the following tip for township residents.
The following tip comes courtesy the Go Green Galloway Task Force for Sustainability: Improve your indoor air quality. After all, this is where you eat, sleep, exercise and relax. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids and liquids and include a variety of chemicals found in paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials, cabinetry, furniture, textiles, glues/adhesives and some craft/office supplies. Formaldehyde is one of the most notorious VOCs. You can reduce your exposure to VOCs by making sure your home is well ventilated when painting, cleaning, etc. Better yet, purchasing no or low-VOC paint and low-VOC cleaning alternatives (making your own no-VOC products …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
This week's council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.
About a year after the Go Green Galloway Taskforce for Sustainability began its effort to make Galloway Township a Fair Trade Town, the proposal goes before council Tuesday night, Sept. 11. Fair Trade promotes integrated farm management systems and limits the use of harmful argochemicals that present dangers to the farmer's health. Generally, people in what are considered third world countries produce a product overseas and send it to America, where it is sold for a reasonable price and 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the product goes to the product’s creator. Fair Trade products can be more expensive than their mainstream counterparts. Anything can be a Fair Trade product, but stores that sell Fair Trade products still have …