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March-Green-Tip-Dishwasher

Use your dishwasher

Did you know?

Running a full load saves as much as 35 percent of the water used to wash dishes by hand. Save water - run full loads.

 

February-Green-Tip-E-Waste

Eliminate E-Waste

Did you know?

Americans throw away 50 million metric tons of electronic waste per year. Recycle your electronics.

 

Window-Slideshow

Save your heat

Did you know?

About 25 percent of your home's heat can escape through leaky windows. Keep your home a little warmer and weather-strip your doors or caulk your windows. 

 

Light_savings-460x427Turn off the lights

Did you know?

Lighting is responsible for about 11 percent of a home's energy bills. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. 

 

cannedfruitwhite-460x286Can and jam

Did you know? 

Foods at peak ripeness offer superior nutritional advantages, even when preserved. Start canning surplus fruit and produce.

 

Sept Green Tip-webBring a bag

Did you know?

Less than 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled in the U.S. each year. Shop with reusable bags.

 

ecolunch-webPack a trash-free lunch

Did you know?

Lunches packed without disposable bags and containers will save you up to $250 per year. Bring a zero-waste lunch.

 

bfbyd-croppedHost a habitat

Did you know?

Birds fly 15 to 600 miles or more per day during annual migrations. Create a stopping point - a bird-friendly backyard.

 

Pollinators-slideshowBee wild

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Most crops depend on pollinating insects to produce seeds or fruits. Attract local pollinators - diversify your garden with native plants!

 

Bike-slideshowBike more

Did you know?

Fifty to 90 percent of carbon emissions are caused by automobiles. Try the bike lane!

  

TomatoesandPeppers-UMFMsmallSupport urban farms

Did you know?

Urban farms supply food to about 700 million city dwellers--that's one-quarter of the world's urban population. Learn more about urban farms at The Hoop House workshop.

 

backyard gardner-slideshowBecome a backyard gardener

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Gardens benefit the climate by absorbing carbon dioxide and reflecting as much as 25 percent of radiation from the sun and provide us with fresh, local produce. 

 

fruit-trees-slideshowPlant a fruit tree

Did you know? 

One in five people in Baltimore live in a food desert, which is an impoverished area more than one-fourth of a mile from a supermarket. Improve access to healthy food. Plant a fruit tree

 

Green-bottles-slideshowRecycle

Did you know? 

More than 80 percent of plastic bottles are thrown away. Use those blue bins! For a list of University recyclable items, click here.

 

Switch to CFLs or LEDs

Did you know?

The average life span of an incandescent bulb is 1,200 hours, compared to 10,000 hours for a compact fluorescent light (CFL), and 50,000 hours for a light emitting diode (LED). For more lighting pros and cons, click hereAlways remember to turn off lights when you leave a room.

 

Print Less

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Each year, the U.S. uses 85.5 million tons of paper, of which we recycle only 22 percent. We could recycle up to 46 million tons of the remaining paper and save 782 million trees. Please print less by e-filing documents as pdfs.

 

Take Back the Tap

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Forty-four percent of bottled water is sourced from tap water, and more than 80 percent of plastic bottles are simply thrown away. Use a stainless steel thermos and support your local tap. 

 

Go Green

Did you know?

One ton of 100 percent recycled paper saves the equivalent of 4,100 kilowatt-hours of energy, 7,000 gallons of water, 60 pounds of air emissions, and three cubic yards of landfill space.

 

Compost

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Kitchen and yard waste make up 20 to 30 percent of the average household’s garbage. Composting can significantly reduce the amount of waste you send to the incinerator or landfill. 

 

Conserve Water in Your Yard

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Longer grass retains water better. Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. To minimize evaporation, water in the early morning when temperatures are cooler. 

 

Plant a Tree

Did you know?

Trees not only clean the air we breathe, but, strategically planted, they can reduce home energy use by as much as 30 percent. 

 

Go Native

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Native plants are easy to grow and maintain. Adapted to local conditions, they require less fertilizer and water, and attract fewer pests.

 

Drink Tap Water

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Tap water is safe. The U.S. federal government requires far more rigorous and frequent safety testing and monitoring of municipal drinking water than bottled water. Get your reusable bottle and take back the tap.

 

Harvest Rainwater

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Rain barrels capture mineral- and chlorine-free water for watering lawns, yards, and gardens. Using a rain barrel, you’ll reduce your water bill and stormwater runoff, which helps prevent erosion and flooding. 

  

Drive Less

Did you know?

If everyone at UM drove just one fewer mile a day, it would be like taking 240 cars off the road for a year.

  

Conserve Water

Did you know?

36 states will face water shortages by 2012. If you shorten your shower by one minute, you’ll save nearly 1,000 gallons of water a year.

 

Buy Local

Did you know?

When food is not purchased locally, it travels an average of 1,500 miles from farm to plate so be sure to visit the Farmers Market on campus every Tuesday.

 

Replace Incandescent Bulbs 

Did you know?

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) last 10 times longer and use 25 percent less energy than incandescents.

   

Save Used Coffee Grounds

Did you know?

The acidity in coffee grounds from your campus kitchen can be reused in your home garden and is good for many plants including tomatoes and roses.

 

 

Recycle

Did you know?

Your paper recycling bin accepts frozen food containers and milk cartons.