Live Green in 2014
- Be a part of the NRDC GreenSquad! - Learn about ways to make your school healthier for the environment and you.
- Use Durable Goods - Bring your own cloth bags to local stores, use reusable food containers instead of paper towels, and replace plastic and paper cups with ceramic mugs, disposable razors with reusable ones.
- Drink Tap Water - Most cities in the United States have clean, drinkable water, so use tap water (you can filter it if youíd like) and refillable water bottles instead of buying bottled water.
- Choose Energy-efficient Products - When buying new appliances or electronics, shop for the highest energy-efficiency rating with the Energy Star label, which identifies products that use 20-40% less energy than standard new products. According to the EPA, the typical American household can save about $400 per year in energy bills with products that carry the Energy Star.
- Top Up Your Tires - To maximize your vehicle's fuel economy, make certain that your tires are always inflated to the recommended pressure.
- Buy Organic and Other Sustainable Certifications - Eco-labels like USDA Organic and others give us a way to reward environmental performance in the marketplace. Organic agriculture is also often better than conventional agriculture in reducing global warming pollution.
- Clear the Roof and the Trunk - When carrying clamshell storage containers, bikes or other burdens, you reduce your fuel efficiency by as much as 5 percent, so take them off the car roof when not needed.
- Donít Idle - One of the best ways to conserve energy when operating your vehicle is to make sure you donít leave your car idling if you are waiting for passengers, stopped at a train crossing, waiting for a drawbridge to be lowered or in similar situations.
- Stick to 60 or Less - The faster you push your vehicle, the more aerodynamic drag reduces engine efficiency. For every 5 miles an hour over 60, you reduce your gas mileage by 5 to 10 percent, according to the EPA.
- Choose Climate-Friendly Food - Food that comes from high on the food chain or arrives to your plate after extensive processing tends to require more energy and release more global warming pollution into the air. Eat lower on the food chain by adding more fruits, vegetables, and grains to your diet and limiting your intake of red meat.
- Minimize Your Driving - Plan ahead before cruising around town to do errands. Group your chores into a single trip and calculate an efficient route.
- Watch Your Waste - Purchase foods that you can consume before they expire to help minimize food waste and shrink your grocery bill. Compost your food waste, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the need for synthetic fertilizer.
- Eat Locally - Choose local food options whenever possible and avoid purchasing food imported by airplane. But keep in mind that the type of food and how it was produced may be of greater environmental significance.
- Reuse by Donating - Paper, plastic, glass and cans arenít the only items that should be diverted from incinerators and landfills! Donate old clothing, furniture and other useful but unwanted household items to homeless shelters, thrift stores, animal shelters and other community organizations.
- Over 135 million wireless devices get discarded every year. Either tossed in junk drawers or worse, landfills!
- Last year, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSģ recognized Sprint for shattering the record for the number of mobile phones recycled in one week: 103,582 phones, more than double the previous record!
- Since Sprint started the trade-in process in 2001, the company has diverted over 50 million cell phones from landfills.
- The demands of running a wireless network require Sprint to be mindful of their energy use which is why Sprint has set the most aggressive climate change goals of any wireless carrier in the U.S., and expects to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2017.
- Today over 5% of Sprintís total energy use comes from renewable energy sources with 10% expected by 2017.
Sprint Green Facts & Figures
For the latest full list of tips from NRDC that the NBA is distributing to their fans nationwide, encouraging them to save energy and natural resources, save money, and benefit the environment please see the NRDC Greening Advisor for the NBA.
Need more tips? Below are a few links to help you get greening!