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By the Numbers


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


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


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


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


The percentage of electricity UM gets from renewable sources for 2011


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


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


The number of trees saved by recycling 1 ton of paper


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


The percentage of American trash that is paper


The pounds of pollution saved by recycling 1 ton of paper


The percent of recyclable water bottles that end up in landfills


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


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


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


The number of years it takes a plastic bottle to decompose


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


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


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


The number of years it takes a plastic bag to decompose


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


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