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Green Tips & Ideas

Below is an archive of Tips & Ideas of the Month

March 2016

Reduce office printing by using overhead projectors for agendas or magnetized, erasable white boards for note-taking.

February 2016
Consider a meatless Monday! Treat yourself to one day without any meat products. Recipes could include eggplant lasagna, cauliflower gnocchi, portobello mushroom burgers, etc.

January 2016
Recycle your Christmas tree! More details can be found at The City of Calgary website.

December 2016

Remember to power off all office equipment before the holidays to reduce wasting energy and fight global warming!

November 2015

Consider a "re-gift" gift exchange, instead of buying new from a big box store. If you must buy new, consider supporting a local business. Use environmentally friendly wrapping or no wrapping at all!

August 2015
If you have a basement try to spend more time down there for the summer months. It will be colder and you will waste less electricity and money than cooling your home with fans or an air conditioner.

— Trista Anderson

July 2015
Practice "Leave no trace". It is built on seven principles: Plan ahead and prepare, travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste properly, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, and be considerate of other visitors.

— Trista Anderson

June 2015
Garage sales! Gather all the things you don’t use anymore and throw a garage sale. If that isn’t your thing, donate your unwanted items to a local charity, secondhand store, or someone you know who will get more use out of them.

— Trista Anderson

May 2015
Is limited space preventing you from growing your own vegetables? Check out this fantastic idea to grow a garden in a sack!

— Cindy Campbell

April 2015

Produce less waste and save money with 27 ways to keep your groceries as fresh as possible for longer.

— Trista Anderson

March 2015
While spring cleaning instead of using harsh household cleaners in your home that may contain toxic chemicals, make your own!

— Trista Anderson

February 2015
Use pallets to create new items for your house that businesses are giving away for free. You can make many projects out of them. Here is a great guide on how to pick the perfect pallet.

— Trista Anderson

January 2015
Keep your used Christmas tree out of the landfill by taking advantage of the Christmas Tree Recycling Program offered through the City of Calgary.

— Elaine Danelesko

December 2014
Happy Holidays! There are lots of fun and easy ways to celebrate the holidays while still showing a little love for the environment. Some ideas are using LED lights in your decorations, making homemade cards, reusing gift packaging and choosing sustainable products and wrapping paper, just to name a few. Creating a Green Christmas and How to have a 'green' Christmas are two blogs that have some fantastic sustainable holiday ideas.

— Krystal Hurt

November 2014
Give old furniture a new make over instead of buying something brand new. Giving it a fresh coat of paint, replacing the hardware, or lining the drawers can make an old piece of furniture seem new. To get your creative juices flowing, visit this website.

— Trista Anderson

October 2014
Now that the summer is coming to an end, create a thrift shop container garden. Instead of buying new pots use different sized cups, bowls, candle holders, pots, pans, rubber boots, etc., that you can find for super cheap at a thrift shop for your own interesting indoor container garden. 

— Trista Anderson

September 2014

Looking for ways to cut back on using plastic storage containers? Check out these great mason jar recipes.

— Cindy Campbell

August 2014
Reuse plastic pop/water bottles for gardening. Create a self-watering planter by using old 2-litre pop bottles. Great for starting seeds or transplanting small plants. Informative step-by-step instructions can be found here.

— Trista Anderson

July 2014

Make your own bug spray! As with practically every household item, natural bug spray can be made inexpensively and naturally at home for a fraction of the cost in stores. Many of these materials can be found at your local health food store. Here's a recipe we found from Wellness Momma for making homemade bug spray.

—Trista Anderson

June 2014
Look for inspiration in everyday items. This is the recycling project that I have been working on this summer. I took old 3 wick candle holders and cleaned them out, put rocks in the bottom for some drainage and added soil. My sister had a bunch of seeds from last year that she wanted to get rid of so I took a bunch off her hands and this is what I came up with! This little project cost me nothing since I reused old materials that were just laying around.

— Trista Anderson

 CE Green Team June Tip 2014

April 2014
Hold on to those used gift cards - your balance may be at zero, but the possibilities are endless. Check out this website for some innovative ideas to upcycle them.

 — Kathy Chyla

February 2014
Reduce paper towel usage - pack a dishcloth with your lunch for washing/drying your own dishes.

— Eleanor Leach

January 2014
With a new year it's often the time to get organized and sort through any clutter that's accumulated over the holidays and the past year. Check out the link below to a great concept for those items that may just need a little repair job.

— Eleanor Leach

December 2013
Looking for some unique holiday decorations this year? Make them yourself! Here are a few ideas to get you inspired re-using items you already have.

Wine cork Christmas tree
Colourful light bulb ornaments
Decorative light bulb ornaments

— Eleanor Leach

November 2013
Here's a website to make going green in your home a little easier.

— Tommy, Green Team Fan

October 2013
Do you have a re-usable drinking cup - but find yourself forgetting it? Check out these cup sleeves with carabiners - great for attaching your cup to your purse/bag strap. Here are some more fun green alternatives for sleeve cups. There's even an alternative to cardboard trays.

— Eleanor Leach

September 2013
Back to school has finally arrived! In all your excitement to rush out and get new clothes and new school supplies, remember to have a look at everything you already have. Some of those items can be reused, reducing your need to purchase. Check out this great article for additional green back-to-school tips.

— Andrew Mardjetko

May 2013
Now that spring is officially here, you can clear out that shed, rummage through your closets and begin the fun task of spring cleaning. Have a look at this great article to find some great tips and tricks to make your spring cleaning more green.

— Andrew Mardjetk

April 2013
With the weather outside getting warmer it is time to change those winter tires. Having a routine check on tire pressure, rotating your tires regularly, and going for scheduled oil changes and car maintenance checks can increase the efficiency of your car, help to reduce the CO2 emissions and make your car safer to drive.

— Andrew Mardjetko

March 2013
Tired of daily clutter? Did you know that one simple and easy way to eliminate clutter in your life and help the environment is to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive? Follow this link to some helpful information on how to eliminate junk mail and help get the environment back on track.

— Andrew Mardjetko

February 2013
Did you know… The air in your house can be more polluted than the air outside. One great way to help improve air quality in homes is to have houseplants. Houseplants can help to improve air quality in your home by absorbing indoor air pollutants. They are simple to care for, can really brighten up a space and make a home more welcoming.

— Andrew Mardjetko

January 2013
Bring your own containers and buy bulk! It is a simple way to reduce your purchase of wasteful manufacturers' packaging and, as an added incentive, bulk items are often fresher and of higher quality than their pre-packaged counterparts. And don’t forget bulk foods are often cheaper!

— Andrew Mardjetko

December 2012
This holiday season, instead of buying new decorations for your tree, try to reuse household items. Here's an idea I found on how to re-purpose old light bulbs as ornaments. They look beautiful, save you money and your decorations will be one-of-a-kind!

— Andrew Mardjetko

November 2012
Cut down on the use of plastic by bringing reusable bags with you when grocery shopping. Many grocery stores now give incentives for bringing your own bag in or have begun charging for plastic. So it's a way to save a little money as well. 

— Krystal & Andrew

October 2012
This is a fun idea I found on Pinterest for reusing empty wine bottles as vases.

— Krystal Archer

Have you ever thought about the different ways you can use an egg carton?

  1. For the artist: Use it as a paint pallet
  2. For the jewelry lover: It's a great way to store and sort all your rings, earrings and precious gems
  3. For the crafty crafter: Organize your buttons, stickers and miscellaneous items to help embellish your next project
  4. For the jewelry designer: Use it to sort all your gems, clasps and beads
  5. For the fixer-upper: Separate screws, nuts, bolts and paper clips

— Luisa Cruz-Milette

October 2008 — Rusty Martel, Luisa Cruz-Milette
Rusty and Luisa suggested that all Business Education & Training functions be “bring your own plate and cutlery”
This has been implemented in BET and has even influenced other Faculty events. Mary Ewanicke did not order plates for the past two Full Faculty meetings and everyone brought their own utensils to the Breakfast Buzz.

September 2008 — Brent Mann
Brent e-mailed us a website link for personal and environmental information from the “official green solution provider of the NHL.”

May 2008 — Patty Moore
Patty had made the suggestion that the Faculty look into providing large containers of cream for coffee and tea, rather than the little plastic creamers.
The Green Team has approached the Dean with this suggestion, but currently cost and logistics are preventing us from moving ahead. But we haven't given up; the Faculty is full of resourceful people and we should be able to figure something out.
Patty received a container of fair trade organic hot chocolate as a prize.

April 2008 — Brent Mann
Brent suggested that people in the Faculty start using non-toxic refillable water containers rather than buying commercial bottled water. The plastic bottles usually have to be transported a great distance, adding to greenhouse gas emissions. He noted that with recent news that chemicals in the plastic (especially those plastics marked "2" or "7") leaching in to the drinking water, this makes sense for your health as well as the environment.

Many people in the Faculty already have been doing this. With the Dean's 60th Anniversary gift to everyone of a stainless steel mug, it should be easier than ever. Brent received fair trade organic coffee as a prize.

November 2007 & January 2008 — Trudy Pickard & Linda Strangward
Trudy and Linda both made the same suggestion, proving that great minds think alike and that the tip is a timely one. They suggested that rather than printing a copy of the calendar PDF for each Program Coordinator to use between the time Registration opens and the calendars arrive from the printer, a single copy be provided to each area's Administrative Assistant.

This tip has been implemented, and in fact has been taken one step further at the suggestion of Lizz Manzuk. All of the Program Coordinators and Program Assistants now receive a PDF of the calendar via e-mail.

Trudy received a pound of fair trade coffee and Linda a bottle of Simply Clean Fruit & Veggie Wash.

October 2007 — Ailen White
Ailen's tip was to add a note on each Faculty member's e-mail signature that encourages recipients to think about whether they need to print out the e-mail.
This tip has been implemented, and the new e-mail signatures were sent out the week of December 3rd. If you have not received yours, or need help setting it up, please contact Sue Madsen or call ext. 6580.
Ailen received reusable shopping bags as a prize

Many members of the Faculty are already adopting environmentally conscious practices in their homes and offices. On this page, we keep the "Green Living" stories that have been shared with us.

Got a story to share about building a composter, buying "green" power, reusing resources or anything interesting? Please share it with the Faculty by sending us an e-mail.

Painting a Pretty Picture
Laurel Robbins
Several months ago I had my condo painted with Pittsburgh Paint Pure Performance available from Totem Building Supplies. I highly recommend it because it is a top quality paint that is environmentally friendly and was the first paint to be awarded the Green Seal Class A Certification. It has Zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), very low odour and still great washability and durability. Despite having my entire condo painted in one day, it didn't smell like paint at all and I was able to sleep in a freshly painted room with no irritation. They also do colour matching, so if you have a paint colour picked out in a different brand, they can match it exactly to a paint colour of Pittsburgh Paint Pure Performance. I had this done with several colours and they turned out identical to the original colours. This product is a great example of one that is environmentally friendly, not to mention health friendly by avoiding toxic paint fumes, while still being a high performance product.
For info on this paint click here.

The Solar Panel Experiment
Luisa Cruz-Milette
This past summer my husband Ben decided to experiment with solar panels. We both thought it was a great idea since our back yard faces south and the sun rotates around our house all day long. It would be neat to harness the sun’s energy and teach the girls about other sources of energy. After doing some research Ben bought two 15 W Solar panels. He got them at Canadian Tire.

To my surprise he decided to attach these solar panels to a special frame that he made and then placed this frame onto a thick metal pole which he cemented into the ground in my flower bed (which produces my favorite roses) in front of our back deck. Not to worry - my flower bed is okay and still produces amazing roses. You might be asking yourself, what will they do with this free green energy?

Ben plugged the solar panels with a special adapter to an empty car battery. After several days the car battery gets recharged. Now we had to figure out what to do with this charged battery. We had just bought a fancy cooler for camping that you could plug into your car lighter in order to keep everything nice and cold - just what every camper needs. So Ben decided to experiment and found an adapter that could be used on the cooler to harness the energy from the car battery. This experiment worked! It allowed us to have chilly beverages while camping thanks to the free energy from the sun. I am sure that this summer we will be looking for more ways to use this free green energy.

Product: Eliminator Solar Panel, 15 Watt
Eliminator Solar power panels are an easy-to-use, guaranteed solution to an ever-growing need for alternate power sources or backup power, weatherproof panels convert sunlight, even in low light conditions, into 12 V electricity - ideal for charging all types of vehicle batteries and power packs.

Includes quick-connect hardware: connecting wire, DC clips, 12 V socket plug and barrel plug, mounting hardware/accessories 38" x 13" x 1" / 97cm x 33cm x 2.5cm
Cost: $99 at Canadian Tire

Our next adventure will take place in Spring 2008. We are planning on building our own windmill machine to harness the wind’s energy. This energy will be used to operate our garage.