Earth Month 2014

10 Easy Ways to Help Save Our Planet



At ICF International, we are committed to protecting and improving the quality of life. This year, we're encouraging you to celebrate Earth Month by enjoying nature's beauty—wherever you are. Start by participating in our 1-for-1 campaign by sharing a self-picture "selfie" of you enjoying the great outdoors. Then, share the photo on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #SelfiesInNature during the month of April. For every unique photo publicly shared as part of this campaign—we'll plant a tree through the Arbor Day Foundation.

Top 10 Green Tips from ICF's Award-Winning Green Team

  1. Compost pileCompost your garbage. Biodegradable waste, such as food scraps and yard clippings comprise about 25 percent of landfills. Compost at home, and nurture your garden.

  2. Car parked in drivewayReduce your carbon footprint. Leaving your car at home twice a week can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year! Try to combine your errands and shopping trips so that you do not have to make as many trips in your car. If you commute to work, ask if you can work from home once in a while, and you'll reduce air pollution, traffic congestion, and save money. Learn more about reducing greenhouse gases on the road by clicking here.

  3. A stack of platesReplace disposable goods with reusable ones. Buy rechargeable batteries and use reusable dishware instead of disposable products.

  4. A full dishwashing machineMake it a full load. Run your dishwasher only when it's full. Don't prerinse dishes—tests show prerinsing doesn't improve dishwasher cleaning, and you'll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load. When you buy a new dishwasher, look for one that saves water. Water-efficient models use only about 4 gallons per wash. Learn more about using water wisely by clicking here.

  5. Recycling electronicseCycle it. Take your old computer, DVD player, or other electronics to an electronics recycling center. Reusing and recycling materials like copper, gold, and others saves natural resources and reduces mining and processing. eCycling also helps avoid land, air, and water pollution by capturing and reusing hazardous substances such as lead or chromium. Find eCycling centers near you by clicking here.

  6. Garbage dumpHead to the dump. On average, each of us creates 4.6 pounds of trash per day, and 55% goes to landfills (the other 45% is recycled or incinerated). Take a trip to your landfill to see where your trash goes. Be an informed consumer—it could influence your habits.

  7. A child planting a treePlant a tree. Trees are one of the planet’s strongest natural defenses against carbon accumulation and greenhouse gases. Not only do trees provide much-needed oxygen, but they also use the carbon we create.

  8. A laundry machine dialWash your laundry in cold water. Most loads don't need hot water, and 90% of the energy used by washing machines goes into heating. The higher the water temperature, the higher the cost to you and the planet.

  9. A person using applicancesReduce your energy bill by avoiding peak usage hours. Avoid running large appliances such as washers, dryers, and electric ovens during peak energy demand hours from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  10. Walking the dogDispose of your pooch's waste with biodegradable bags instead of plastic grocery bags. You can find biodegradable options at most pet stores. Remember: plastic grocery bags take forever to decompose in landfills, and many end up in our waterways. Want to go the extra mile? Consider composting pet waste.

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Note: ICF's Green Team is a volunteer employee organization responsible for implementing environmental and socially responsible initiatives across the company. The views, opinions, and recommendations of the Green Team, including the 10 tips above, do not necessarily reflect the views or recommendations of ICF International, Inc., and the company cannot be held liable or responsible for any of the recommendations or opinions offered by the Green Team.


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