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By the Numbers

1

Less than 1 percent of the world's freshwater is available for human use

1

Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours

2

The number of oil barrels saved by recycling 1 ton of paper—enough to run the average car for 1,260 miles

3.2

The number of cubic yards of landfill space saved by recycling 1 ton of paper

7.5

The percentage of electricity UM gets from renewable sources for 2011

10

The number of electric car charging stations to be installed at UM this fall

10

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) last 10 times longer and use 25 percent less energy than incandescents

17

The number of trees saved by recycling 1 ton of paper

20

The equivalent number of hours a 100-watt bulb can run when 1 aluminum beverage can is recycled

40

The percentage of American trash that is paper

60

The pounds of pollution saved by recycling 1 ton of paper

75

The percent of recyclable water bottles that end up in landfills

75

The percentage of electricity consumed by home electronics while they are turned off, but still plugged in

240

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

314

U.S. cars and trucks emit 314 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year—that's like burning enough coal to fill a 50,000-mile long freight train

450

The number of years it takes a plastic bottle to decompose

570

The number of disposable diapers thrown away every second in the U.S.—that's 34,200 diapers a minute, 2,052,000 an hour, 17,926,272,000 diapers a year

1,000

On average, 1,000 liters of tap water costs $1—that's less than the cost of one bottle of water

1,000

The gallons of water saved every year by shortening your shower by 1 minute

1,000

The number of years it takes a plastic bag to decompose

1,500

The number of miles food travels from farm to plate, when it is not purchased locally

4,100

The kilowatts of energy saved by recycling 1 ton of paper—enough power for the average home for 6 months

1.3 million

The number of acres of land paved over each year in the U.S.—almost twice the size of the Hawaiian islands

17 million & 2.5 million

Producing bottles for American bottled water consumption in 2006 required the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels (2,700,000 m3) of oil and 2.5 million tons of CO2 emissions

2.5 million

The number of plastic bottles thrown away every hour in the U.S.

20 to 50 million

The metric tons of electronic waste generated worldwide every year

100 billion

The number of plastic bags Americans use every year