Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

May 2013

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter May 2013

The Warm Weather is Here! Spring/Summer Tips from the Green Team



Nobles is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and promoting healthy habits on campus. We need to take care of the world around us! The success of the single-use plastic bottle ban—introduced this fall—is just one example of the campus-wide programs and green initiatives in place. The Nobles Green Team is thrilled with the work on campus and wants to encourage Nobles families to continue the commitment at home. Here are a few helpful tips for staying green during the warmer months:

  • Plant a tree. A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. And shade provided by trees can reduce an air conditioning bill by 10 to 15%. To learn more about the benefits of trees, visit The Arbor Day Foundation website at http://www.arborday.org/trees/index-benefits.cfm
     
  • Buy locally grown food.  The average meal in the United States travels 1,500 miles from the farm to your plate. Buying locally will save fuel, reduce carbon emissions, and keep money in your community.  Read more about why buying locally is so important at http://www.localharvest.org
     
  • Forego the car and ride your bike for transportation.  For short trips to the store or to visit a friend in your town, take the time to be good to yourself and to the planet.  In addition to getting exercise and reducing your carbon footprint, you could also add years to your life when eliminating the stress of parking!  Test your knowledge of the benefits of bicycling at The International Bike Foundation's website: http://www.ibike.org/encouragement/benefits.htm
     
  • Support your neighborhood farmer's market both because they're fun and reduce the amount of energy required to grow and transport food to you by one fifth. To find a farmer's market in your area go to this USDA website: http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/
     
  • Eat less meat. The Environmental Working Group released its Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change and Health, looking at the carbon footprint of eating beef, pork and poultry. According to the study, if a family of four gave up eating steak for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of taking their car off the road for three months. Visit http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/ for more information.

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