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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Question of the Month

Question of the Month

With so many sustainable events in this month's news, we would like to know how you, as a member of your community, do what you can to promote "green" living.

I save energy by not using a clothes dryer.

In inclement weather I hang up my clothes in the den, (someone commented that it looks like a Chinese laundry).

This also saves the trouble of folding them when they dry.

I live out in the country on a bit of land. I hooked up a pipe and redirected my bath water to drain on the grass on the east side of my house.

The east side yard looks like a golf course.

The west side looks like a scene out of hell.

I pick up all of the trash that is thrown out up and down the road that I live on, and have amassed quite a fortune in beer cans.

It will hopefully enable me to retire soon.

There is an aluminum recycling station in Wylie.

My old house is heated by propane. I close the upstairs off during the winter, and only heat the lower floor.

My heating bill is usually around 500.00 for the entire winter.

I pile my bed up with old wool quilts and turn off the propane stoves at night. Wool quilts are warm and heavy. They really do the trick, if you are not allergic to wool, and don't mind being pinned to the mattress, unable to move.

Wes Smith, Visual Communications

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I have cut the waste I send to the weekly garbage pick-up by a whopping 2/3. Instead of putting trash out twice a week for pick-up I only need trash pick-up twice a month. It takes a small amount of time and effort to reduce landfill waste by doing the following: I compost appropriate table scraps, lawn and yard waste. I take all my paper, cardboard, plastic, and glass to the recycling containers provided at various locations by the city of Farmers Branch. Items that are clean and gently used are taken to the Goodwill Drop-off on Beltline Road in Carrollton; and I get a tax receipt from them. For hard to dispose items the City of Farmers Branch holds a recycling / clean-up day once a year for its’ citizens. They take TV’s, electronics, medicines, oil, paint, poisons, florescent light bulbs, and a host of other undesirables. Used cooking oil can be dropped off at most Whole Foods locations.

Joanna Carson, Accounting Clerk, BHC Business Office

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I try to encourage "green" living by teaching high school students how to build roadworthy solar cars. http://www.solarcarchallenge.org

Lehman Marks, Social Sciences/Government

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I recycle the usual stuff – paper, cans, bottles. Funny story – I was living in Manhattan during a summer break from grad school in the 1990s. I was staying with a friend of mine, who had just moved into a new building at 82nd and York. This building had a strict recycling policy. My friend, who was from Texas and not much of a recycler in the 1990s (I don’t think I was, either) put some used envelopes into the regular trash without thinking about it. The trash eventually made its way down the building trash chute. A couple of days after that, the building super was knocking on her door demanding to know why she put a paper item in with her regular trash. He waved the coffee stained envelopes under her nose and gave her notice that she would be receiving a fine for “not recycling.” Now that’s taking your recycling seriously!

Anna Masters, QEP Director

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We are intentional about our purchasing and recycling at home with respect to sustainability and green living. My Prius is a more visible example, but if you were to visit our home curb front on trash day, you’d see one small sack of trash and an fully packed recycling bin. I’m teaching my kids a bit of Thoreau one day at a time!

Thom Chesney, President of Brookhaven College

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I’m making the extra effort to recycle more. Sadly, my apartment complex does not offer a recycling initiative to its residents, so I’ve been packing up all my empty water bottles and soda cans and bringing them to work!

Madeline Bottoni, web writer/editor I, MPI

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I always recycle boxes, newspapers, basically anything that can be recycled. I am also teaching my two year old daughter the difference between trash and recyclables.

Czarina Reyes, Professor Mathematics, Math/Science Department

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Suggestion: ride 2 trains and a bus to BHC and home!

Linda Farish, Math department

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I participate in a Climate Action Team at my church. We sponsored a “Draw the Line on Keystone XL” event Sept. 21.

Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, President's Office

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At home we recycle more than we throw away, by buying items that are meant to be recycled (or can be). We also time our showers to be less than 6 minutes, and never leave our lights on. If we know we are going on vacation, we unplug everything, even our clocks. We recently started our own compost pile, but we are having a hard time keeping our dogs out of it!

Mary Schoals, Department Assistant, MPI

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We recycle, buy post-consumer recycled materials, compost– pretty standard stuff at home, but I have one daughter who is fanatical about Styrofoam. We’ve started making a conscious effort to avoid any restaurants or fast food stops where Styrofoam take-out containers are used.

Meridith Danforth, Specialist V, MPI