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Go Green | Chicago Bull Environmental Program

Go Green | Chicago Bulls Environmental Program

As a part of the Chicago Bulls Go Green program, Bulls.com is posting regular updates to keep you informed about green initiatives the Bulls are hosting, as well as tips on how you can contribute both at work and home. Each month, tips on the following environmental themes will be posted on this page.

January -- Winter Energy Efficiency
February -- Paper Usage
March -- Fuel Conservation
April -- Improving Air Quality
May -- Recycling and Proper Disposal
June -- Green Purchasing
July -- Summer Energy Efficiency
August -- Green Transportation
September -- "Greening" your Kitchen
October -- Water Efficiency
November -- Fall Energy Efficiency
December -- Waste Management

November -- Fall Energy Efficiency

* Turn on power-save modes on equipment and appliances.

* In the winter, do not keep the heat above 72⁰F and put the heat on 68⁰F when not at home.

* Turn off equipment during nights and weekends. Attach TV’s, radios, computers, copy machines, microwaves, telephones etc. to power strips for ease in turning them off at the end of the day. (Even when not in use, appliances use electricity. According to Co-op America, turning computers and copiers off after work can cut energy usage by up to 75%.

* Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

* Turn off lights when exiting rooms.

* If you have to use batteries, buy rechargeable batteries and a charger.

* If purchasing new equipment or appliances, look for EPA Energy Star certified options.

* Install low-flow shower heads.

* When a light bulb goes out, replace it with a compact fluorescent (or CFL).

October -- Water Efficiency:

* Attach low-flow aerators to sink faucets.

* Fix leaky toilets and faucets promptly.

* Check for water leaks at least twice a year.

* Research what could be done with office gray water and put ideas into practice

* Instead of buying bottled water, put a filter on your tap water and use re-usable bottles or pitchers.

Water Conversation / Inside the Home

* Don't let the water run while you do something else. Turn the water off while you brush your teeth, lather soap on your hands, and wash dishes.

* Assess the efficiency of your appliances. Many appliances including washing machines, dishwashers, and toilets made more than 15 or 20 years ago are not as efficient as newer models. Older toilets can be made more efficient by placing a brick in the tank which displaces unneeded water. Older washing machines and dishwashers are most efficient when loads are full. If you are washing less than a full load, use the "small" setting if available.

* Purchase water efficient toilets and dishwashers.When purchasing new appliances, look for front loading washing machines and low-flow toilets, which use less water to do the same jobs. You can also outfit your home with low-flow shower heads and faucets, which do not effect water pressure but reduce the amount of water used.

September -- "Greening" your Kitchen:

* Keep washable plates, mugs, glasses and silverware in the kitchen and avoid disposables.

* Purchase recycled and non-chlorine bleached paper towels and napkins.

* Establish a system for washing cloth items. Hang hand-towels in the kitchen (and bathroom) and use cloth napkins in place of paper ones.

* Purchase fair-trade, organic coffee.

* Avoid individually packaged sugar and cream in the kitchen.

* Bring lunches in reusable rather than disposable containers.

* Use reusable dishes in the staff kitchen

* Eat out as opposed to carrying-out food, and don’t accept Styrofoam containers.

* Bring your own bags when shopping.

August -- Green Transportation:

* Bike, walk, take public transportation or car-pool to work.

* Tune-up vehicles on a regular basis and support the Smog Check Program.

* Purchase hybrid or fuel-efficient vehicles, or car-share.

* Use videoconferencing and conference calls instead of travel when possible.

* Shop by phone or mail.

* Accelerate gradually.

* Use cruise control on the highway.

* Combine errands into one trip so you reduce driving.

* Replace your car's air filter.

* Drive less, particularly on days with unhealthy air. And if you must drive on days with unhealthy air drive your newest car. Newer cars generally pollute less than older models.

* Properly inflate your tires.

* Instead of idling, shut your car off.

* Drive slowly on unpaved roads.

July -- Energy Efficiency:

* Turn on power-save modes on equipment and appliances.

* Turn off equipment during nights and weekends. Attach TV’s, radios, computers, copy machines, microwaves, telephones etc. to power strips for ease in turning them off at the end of the day. (Even when not in use, appliances use electricity. According to Co-op America, turning computers and copiers off after work can cut energy usage by up to 75%)

* Open the windows and turn off the air conditioning on nice days.

* Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

* Turn off lights when exiting rooms.

* If you have to use batteries, buy rechargeable batteries and a charger.

* If purchasing new equipment or appliances, look for EPA Energy Star certified options.

* When a light bulb goes out, replace it with a compact fluorescent (or CFL).

June -- Green Purchasing | Office Supplies, Products and Furniture:

* Purchase and use products that are recycled and recyclable.

* Purchase unbleached or chlorine-free, high post consumer waste recycled paper products including binders, envelopes, and even toilet paper.

* Consider products with minimum packaging; purchase in bulk.

* Use refillable pens and tape dispensers instead of disposable ones.

* Use non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning supplies. www.newdream.org

* Fix or donate broken furniture rather than sending it to a land-fill.

* If replacing your carpet, look for non-toxic recyclable carpeting. www.epa.gov

* Purchase products from local suppliers (to avoid long distance shipping and packaging) and from Suppliers committed to environmental issues.

May -- Recycling and Proper Disposal:

* Remember to recycle paper, cardboard, glass, metals and plastic; and clearly label all recycling bins. www.chicagorecycling.org

* Recycle toner cartridges through manufacturers.

* Dispose of hazardous materials properly. This includes cleaning products, fluorescent light bulbs, computers and electronics, paint, paint thinner, lawn chemicals, gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze, and drain cleaners. www.ci.chi.il.us/Environment/

* Collect and recycle batteries, especially rechargeable batteries. Free drop-offs: www.rbrc.org

* Donate old cell phones for reuse. Drop-off and mailing information: www.collectivegood.com

* Compost food waste outdoors or indoors. www.chicagorecycling.org

* Donate equipment and furniture to a resale store. Salvation Army offers free pick-up.

Please find April's green tips below and stay tuned for more information on upcoming environmental initiatives. Below highlights our initiatives from NBA Green Week:

Grand Opening: Green Reading & Technology Corner (April 3, 2009)
As part of the Read to Achieve Program, we added a new component called the Green Reading & Technology Corner where we created an environmentally friendly learning space at Pope John Paul II School equipped with recycled and energy efficient products including books made from recycled paper. Tyrus Thomas, Bob Love and Benny the Bull hosted the official grand opening of the space.

Community Cleanup Project, United Center (April 9, 2009)
The Chicago Bulls partnered with Chicago Public Schools, CleanSlate, and volunteers from Chicago 2016 to host a community Cleanup Project starting at Madison & Damen Avenue. Cleanslate, a social enterprise of The Cara Program, is a neighborhood beautification business that cleans sidewalks, parkways, public gardens and vacant lots.

Go Green Game, United Center (April 9, 2009)
In an effort to promote awareness and our commitment to environmental stewardship during NBA Green Week in April, we hosted a "Bulls Go Green Night" during our April 9 home game versus the Philadelphia 76ers.

Chicago Bulls All Star Green Team
Kelvyn Park High School was selected as this year's All-Star Green Team. The All-Star Green Team is a project that has been used to help us to promote environmental awareness in Chicago Public Schools. The All-Star Green Team is comprised of students who have excelled in creating and promoting opportunities to get their classmates and communities involved in recycling and improving environmental stewardship at their schools. These students were honored during pre-game for our Go Green Game on April 9 and participated in our Community Cleanup Day earlier that day.

April -- Improving Air Quality:

* Change air filters regularly.

* Integrate indoor air quality concerns into your purchasing behaviors.

* Choose Air-Friendly Products
Many products you use in your home, in the yard, or at the office are made with smog-forming chemicals that escape into the air when you use them. Here's a few ways to put a lid on products that pollute:

 

  • Select products that are water-based or have low amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Use water-based paints. Look for paints labeled zero-VOC.
  • Paint with a brush, not a sprayer.
  • Store solvents in air-tight containers.
  • Use a push or electric lawn mower.
  • Start your barbecue briquettes with an electric probe. Or use a propane or natural gas barbecue.

March -- Fuel Conservation:

* Keep your vehicle properly tuned, and it can get from 6 to 20 percent better gas mileage.

* Keep your tires aligned and inflated properly. You should check your tire pressure once a month. Having tire pressures that are too low can increase your use of fuel by 3%.

* Replace your air filter.

* Another way to start good fuel conservation is to plan ahead. Combine your errands into one trip. Think about riding your bike, walking, riding the bus, or carpooling when possible and reasonable.

* Fuel conservation can greatly be improved while you are driving or at the pump:

Slow down! There is a reason why you coast to a gas station when your vehicle is on empty ¡V you are not going to get to a gas station faster by driving faster when the faster you drive the more gas you use! In simpler terms, your fuel usage will greatly decrease when you are driving at speeds above 55 mph.

Avoid rapid accelerating. In fact, you ought to let up on the accelerator (by driving slower), and when you use the accelerator, use it gently. There is a reason why it is called ¡§stepping on the gas.¡¨ The harder you step on the gas, the faster you use up your gas. Relax your driving style. Driving aggressively can lessen your fuel conservation by 30-40 percent.

* Do not idle. Modern cars no longer need to warm up to run.

* Turn off your car when you are waiting for someone.

* Your cruise control will add to your fuel conservation (of course, it is unreasonable to use it while just driving around town.)

* Using overdrive will lessen your fuel consumption while on the highway.

Thanks for reading!

Chicago Bulls Green Team

February -- Paper Usage:

* Keep mailing lists up-to-date and avoid duplicates.

* Eliminate use of fax cover sheets; write on the fax itself or attach a fax post-it.

* Edit documents on-screen as much as possible to avoid printing multiple drafts.

* Conserve paper by printing and copying double-sided.

* Save paper by design: use narrower margins and smaller fonts when acceptable.

* Cancel junk mail and mailings you receive two copies of (Eight steps for reducing and recycling junk mail)

* Use reusable inter-office envelopes.

* Print using lowest quality print setting when appropriate to conserve ink and cartridges.

* Save 1/2 used sheets of office paper (sheets printed on only one side) to stock fax machines, use as scratch paper, and copy and print on when appropriate.

January -- Winter Energy Efficiency:

* Turn on power-save modes on equipment and appliances or turn them off during nights an weekends. Attach TVs, radios, computers, copy machines, microwaves, telephones etc. to power strips for ease in turning them off at the end of the day. (Even when not in use, appliances use electricity. According to Co-op America, turning computers and copiers off after work can cut energy usage by up to 75%.)

* If you have to use batteries, buy rechargeable batteries and a charger.

* Replace your regular light bulbs with energy efficient or compact fluorescent bulbs. You can even phase them in as old bulbs die out. These more efficient bulbs usually last longer and produce the same amount of light. Take a look at the Conscious Consumer Marketplace now.

* Turn off lights when you leave a room or when you are not home. If you feel the need to leave a light on for security purposes, put it on a timer so it is only on when it is dark out.

* Ensure radiators and heaters are not blocked by furniture.