Going Green at the Office

Staff Report, Fort Bragg Environmental Management

(Scroll to the end of the post for a printable poster!)

Many Americans spend much of their days in an office, and for the 144 million members of the work force, the office can be a “home away from home.” By incorporating sustainable practices into the operations of the office, one can save natural resources, conserve fiscal resources and turn a “home away from home” into a healthy, efficient environment.

Recycled Content Post-It

Here are some easy ways to “go green” at the office …

ENERGY CONSERVATION
– Use task lighting and natural lighting when possible.
– Use the power saver feature on electronics such as copiers and printers.
– Set office thermostats in accordance with Army regulations: 68 degrees (+/- 2 degrees) in the heating season and 78 degrees (+/- 2 degrees) in the cooling season.
– Power down computers and other electronics at the end of the duty day.
– Unplug electronics and appliances when the office is to be unoccupied for a long period of time, such as a deployment or holiday.

SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION
– Arrange a carpool with colleagues.
– If possible, consider cycling or walking to the office.
– Consider the Fort Bragg Sustainable Shuttle when traveling on post.

WASTE REDUCTION
– Circulate office notices electronically.
– Distribute, review and store files electronically when possible.
– Request publications such as newsletters and magazines to be delivered electronically.
– Use both sides of the paper when printing and copying.
– Reuse office supplies as much as possible.
– Replace disposable items with reuseable items.
– Always recycle paper and other recyclables!

RESPONSIBLE PURCHASING
– Complete a thorough inventory of office supplies prior to ordering to avoid waste.
– Purchase paper and other products with a minumum of 30 percent recycled content.
– Purchase non-toxic and less-toxic versions of materials such as cleaners and inks.
– Purchase energy efficient and water efficient products.

INNOVATION
Consider innovative ways to be sustainable and resource-conscious at the office. Does your office present any unique opportunities to “go green?” Share your ideas on Facebook.

WANT TO POST THESE IDEAS IN YOUR OFFICE? SELECT THE IMAGE FOR A PRINTABLE POSTER!

Green Office Week Poster

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Tossing Your Electronics in the Trash is SO Obsolete! Recycle Them Instead!

Did you receive new electronics for the holidays?

Recycle your obsolete models at the Fort Bragg Recycling Center!

Recycle Keyboard

Electronics contain many recyclables including plastic, glass and metal. Electronics also contain heavy metals, chemicals and other materials that can potentially harm the environment and public health when they are not properly discarded. Furthermore, certain electronics are banned from disposition in landfills in North Carolina.

The Fort Bragg Recycling Center accepts personal electronic equipment that runs on batteries or cords. Accepted items include televisions, computers and monitors, computer peripherals, keyboards, printers, scanners, cables and wires, telephones, cellular phones, video games and game systems, CDs, DVDs and small kitchen appliances with the exception of refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers and other white goods.

If you wish to recycle a computer, please first remove the hard drive.

The Fort Bragg Recycling Center is located on the northwest corner of Butner Road and Reilly Road, across from the Fort Bragg Veterinary Clinic and just prior to the entrance to Pope Army Airfield. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM until 4 PM.

The Fort Bragg Recycling Center does not accept government issued items. Government issued electronics should be relinquished to Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services.

Recycle Your Waste Vegetable Oil at the Fort Bragg Recycling Center!

Thanksgiving is a time for holiday celebrations, and if your holiday celebrations involve a lot of delicious food, you may have a lot of waste vegetable oil!

Vegetable Oil

You can recycle your waste vegetable oil at the Fort Bragg Recycling Center. Simply pour the used oil into a sealable container and deliver the container to the Fort Bragg Recycling Center facility on the northwest corner of Butner Road and Reilly Road, across from the veterinary clinic and just prior to the entrance to Pope Army Airfield. Hours are Monday through Friday, 0730 until 1600. Please call 432.6412 for more information.

If you cannot recycle your waste vegetable oil, please pour the oil into a sealed container and place the container in your household refuse. DO NOT POUR OIL INTO A DRAIN OR ANY DEVICE THAT FLOWS INTO THE SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM. Oil residues can significantly damage water infrastructure and pollute the water supply, leading to expensive repairs and environmental damage.

Be Thankful, Be Green

Article from Fort Bragg Environmental Management

Thanksgiving is a time of celebration … a time when families and friends come together for fun, fellowship and FOOD!

Thanksgiving Dinner

Did you know that you can host a fabulous Thanksgiving and be sustainable, too?

Sustainable Fort Bragg would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and share some ideas for turning your holiday meal into an environmentally friendly feast.

– Purchase seasonal, locally harvested foods and locally raised meats for your meal. Locally produced foods are often fresher and more flavorful. In addition, they support the area economy and regional farmers.

– Incorporate certified organic and minimally processed foods into your meal. Look for the USDA Organic Seal.

– The average American family discards 25 percent of all food prepared on Thanksgiving, so plan your meal wisely to minimize waste.

– Use environmentally-preferred and biobased cleansers to ready your home for your guests.

– Lower the setting on your thermostat. The oven and your holiday guests will provide plenty of warmth!

– Use reusable baking dishes, plates, glasses and cloth napkins rather than plastic, paper, Styrofoam or other disposable options. If you must use disposable items, then choose compostable, biodegradable or recyclable options and dispose of them sustainably.

– Conserve energy by preparing dishes in the microwave or on the range instead of in the oven whenever possible. If you prefer to use the oven, dishes that can be prepared at the same temperature may be placed in the oven together to save time and power.

– Adorn your table with natural materials. Fresh flowers, dried herbs, leaves, berries and pinecones are festive, sustainable and economical decorations. You can probably find these materials in your own yard, and they are biodegradable.

– Choose soy or vegetable based candles instead of paraffin candles. Paraffin candles are petroleum-based, and they can emit chemicals that diminish indoor air quality.

– If food remains following your meal, send a plate with each of your guests or incorporate it into other recipes.

– Wash only full loads of dishes to save energy and water.

– Recycle as much as possible. Remember: plastics, aluminum cans, steel cans, glass and paperboard boxes are all recyclable. If your community recycling program does not accept glass, you can recycle it at the Fort Bragg Recycling Center. The Fort Bragg Recycling Center is located on the northwest corner of Butner Road and Reilly Road in the Directorate of Public Works campus. The entrance is off Reilly Road, across from the veterinary clinic and just prior to Pope Army Airfield. Hours are Monday through Friday, 0730 to 1600.

– Dispose of your waste vegetable oil properly. Pour it into a sealed container and place the container in your household refuse, or recycle it at the Fort Bragg Recycling Center. Never pour vegetable oil into a drain!

– If you live off post, consider composting your vegetable scraps.

Here are more ideas for a green Thanksgiving …

How to Go Green on Thanksgiving Day

A Greener Thanksgiving

Your Guide to a Green Thanksgiving

Tips for a Green Thanksgiving

Action Tips: Have a Green Thanksgiving

Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers from The Food Network

12 Creative Turkey Sandwich Recipes

Makeovers for Thanksgiving Leftovers

16 Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving: Round Two

Now is the Time to Recycle (and We’re Not Talking Trash)

Article by Jonelle Kimbrough, Fort Bragg Environmental Management

Would you toss $270 million into a dumpster?

Money in Trash Can
Of course, you wouldn’t … not on purpose, that is. But, every year, North Carolinians unwittingly discard $270 million of potential revenue, and we create 12 million tons of waste and deplete our natural resources in the process.

How?

We don’t recycle – at least, not as much as we should.

Let’s talk trash. Every second, North Carolinians recycle 85 pounds of waste. But, we also create 752 pounds of refuse that is destined for a landfill. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that as much as 75 percent of our waste stream is recyclable. Yet, only 35 percent of potentially recyclable waste is actually recycled.

We need to clean up our act so we can reap the environmental and fiscal benefits of recycling!

THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF RECYCLING

Recycling carries numerous environmental benefits.

First, recycling reduces waste in the environment. By reducing waste, we can reduce the pollution and public health concerns associated with waste.

Recycling also saves natural resources such as land and water from unnecessary depletion. By recycling one ton of paper, we can save three cubic yards of landfill space, 17 trees, 463 gallons of oil and 7,000 gallons of water. Furthermore, recycling saves natural resources from contamination. Producing one ton of paper from recycled content creates 74 percent less air pollution and 35 percent less water pollution than producing one ton of paper from virgin content.

Recycling saves energy, too. Manufacturing products from recycled materials consumes less energy than manufacturing products from new materials. For example, producing paper from recycled fibers requires 60 percent of the energy required to produce paper from virgin pulp. Recycling an aluminum can saves 95 percent of the energy required to create the same can from new materials. Producing plastic from recycled materials consumes only two-thirds of the energy required to manufacture plastic from new materials. In practical terms, recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television for three hours. Recycling one plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.

THE FISCAL BENEFITS OF RECYCLING

Recycling also carries numerous fiscal benefits.

First, recycling conserves the fiscal resources associated with the production and disposal of consumer goods. Because recycling conserves natural resources, recycling thus reduces the need for, demand for and scarcity of virgin materials and, in turn, reduces their costs. Since recycling conserves energy, recycling conserves the costs associated with energy as well. In terms of transportation and processing costs, disposing of a particular volume of waste in a landfill normally costs more than recycling the same volume of waste.

The recycling industry also benefits the economy by providing careers. There are 9,000 community recycling collection programs in the United States that employ one million individuals, generate a payroll of $37 million and gross over $236 million in annual revenues. Just in North Carolina, the recycling industry employs over 15,000 individuals, and careers in the recycling industry in the state have increased by 48 percent in the last decade.

In addition, the market for recycled content products has expanded to meet demands for more sustainable consumer options. Staples, for instance, offers more than 3,000 office supplies manufactured with recycled content. Advancements in technology have increased the demand for and the availability of recycled content products as well. Plastic bottles, for instance, are often more than meets the eye. Through a process known as upcycling, plastic bottles can be recycled into all sorts of materials – from pens to park benches. In fact, several familiar companies are incorporating recycled plastic bottles into their products. Sherwin-Williams received the EPA Green Chemistry award for its paint formulation that contains recycled plastic bottles. One Nike Pro TurboSpeed suit worn by American athletes in the last Olympic Games contained 13 recycled plastic bottles. And, Ford used 22 post-consumer recycled plastic bottles in the seat fabric of each 2012 Ford Focus Electric vehicle. As more of these innovative products reach retailers, the demand for post-consumer recycled plastics in the United States is expected to rise by 5.9 percent each year to 3.4 billion pounds by 2016.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

You can do your part to benefit the environment and the economy by reducing, reusing and recycling at your home and at your office. Remember: as much as 75 percent of the waste stream is recyclable. Also, certain materials including plastic bottles, aluminum cans and computers are banned from landfills in North Carolina, so “know before you throw!”
For more information on recyclable materials, contact the Fort Bragg Recycling Center at 396.3372 or 432.6412, or contact your community recycling program. Or, find recycling resources online …

RE3.org

Recycle More NC

I Want to Be Recycled

My EcoVille NC

NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance

Recycle Guys

Recycling Basics from the EPA

Natural Resources Defense Council’s Recycling 101

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle News from Mother Nature Network

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The Fort Bragg Recycling Center accepts all recyclables including plastics, aluminum cans, steel cans, cardboard, office paper, newspapers, magazines, personal electronics, glass and waste vegetable oil. The Fort Bragg Recycling Center is located on the corner of Butner Road and Reilly Road, across from the veterinary clinic and just prior to the entrance to Pope Army Airfield. Hours are Monday through Friday, 0730 until 1600.