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  • Writer's pictureJessica Day

Seven Days of Sustainability

We know that addressing climate change requires a lot of adjustments to our usual personal habits. It's easy to get overwhelmed, so we suggest that you and your family start by making small adjustments: try a few new recipes, find ways to reduce water usage or maybe just find new ways to increase the number of steps you take in a day. All of these are actions you can take that don't require any budget or big changes to your lifestyle... but they all help Albany move forward to its climate neutral status.

That's why we made the Seven Days of Sustainability - you can start by integrating new behaviors just one day at a time. Try doing these things just one day a week and see how it goes.

Meatless Monday

If the entire U.S. skipped meat and cheese just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of taking 7.6 million cars off the road.

Transit Tuesday

A single person who switches to public transportation from a private vehicle can reduce his or her annual CO2 emissions by 4,800 pounds per year.

Walking Wednesday

If everyone in the U.S. stopped driving for one day, we would prevent approximately 3.5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.  

Thrifty Thursday

If every person in New York City used just one less grocery bag, it would cut waste by 5 million pounds and save $250,000 in disposal costs.

Fix-It Friday

Reusing materials and recycling materials can have a huge impact. If everyone recycled just ONE can, it would reduce green house gas emissions equivalent to taking 6,750 passenger cars off the road.

Showerless Saturday

If everyone in the US, just took one less hot shower per week, it would save over 285 billion gallons of water. 

Set-Up Sunday

Find new ways to make efficiency improvements to your home over time. If every American home switched their five most-used light fittings to energy-saving LED bulbs, they would reduce greenhouse gases by nearly half a million tons.

All of this information comes in a pocket-size card that you can keep in your wallet. Just contact us if you'd like us to mail you (or someone else) a copy. As for me, I appreciate a good showerless Saturday more than once a week ;)

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