Eco-friendly Business

first_imgThe average office tosses out about 350 pounds of paper per year per employee. Reducing paper usage and buying paper with post-consumer recycled content can go a long way to reduce any company’s carbon footprint. Photo cred: FogStock/ThinkstockEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: I own a small business and would like to do what I can to minimize its impact on the environment. Can you help me?                                                — Jacob Levinson, New York, NYThere are many ways to green up any business, large or small—and an added benefit might just be saving money. Just like individuals, businesses can measure their carbon footprints to get a sense of where they are starting from and to get some initial ideas of areas to focus on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a free “Simplified GHG [greenhouse gas] Emissions Calculator” to help small businesses get started. Another option is to enroll in TerraPass’s “Carbon Balanced Business” program, which helps commercial entities measure and then offset the greenhouse gas emissions they are responsible for generating.Beyond carbon footprints, there are many other things businesses can do to minimize their environmental impacts. The non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that, first and foremost, businesses should shift the paper paradigm—the average office tosses out about 350 pounds of paper per year per employee. “Reducing your waste and purchasing paper with post-consumer recycled content can help save trees and nudge the pulp and paper industry, one of the most environmentally destructive industries in the world, toward a less damaging path,” NRDC reports. Some easy ways to do this include: setting printers to use both sides of a page (or designating a “draft tray” filled with paper that’s blank on one side); buying copy paper with a 30 percent or more post-consumer recycled content; collecting used paper separately for recycling; and stocking bathrooms with post-consumer recycled tissue products.Getting more energy efficient is another way to save the Earth while saving money too. NRDC recommends taking advantage of the fact that most utilities offer free or inexpensive energy audits, whereby an engineer examines operations and provides a report about how to save on energy costs. Turning off lights and electronics at the end of the work day can save bundles of energy. “Plug all your appliances into a power strip and you’ll only have to flip one switch at the end of the day,” suggests NRDC. Also, setting computers to “sleep” or “hibernate” when inactive will further reduce a business’s footprint. And NRDC says to lose the screensavers: “Flying toasters and slideshows can use up about $50 of electricity in a year.” Lastly, when shopping for new office appliances, look for the EnergyStar label which means that the federal government has rated the particular unit highly in terms of energy efficiency.Cutting water waste will also make a business run greener. The group says to install faucet aerators and low-flow toilets, check for and fix leaks, landscape with water efficiency in mind and recycle gray water where applicable for nonpotable uses such as watering gardens.Lastly, NRDC suggests creating a greener work environment, given that “employees are on the front lines of any sustainability initiatives” a business chooses to make—perhaps by creating a green team “with members from all divisions of the organization to help implement plans and bring new ideas to the table.” Those looking to take their businesses down a green path should consult any of the free “Greening Your Business” guides on NRDC’s website.CONTACTS: EPA, www.epa.gov/climateleadership/smallbiz/footprint.html; NRDC Greening Your Business, www.nrdc.org/cities/living/gbusiness.asp.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Pulisic told how to become world’s best as Chelsea boss Lampard demands more from USMNT star

first_imgChristian Pulisic has been told what he needs to do in order to become one of the “best in the world”, with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard demanding even more from the United States international.A big-money arrival at Stamford Bridge from the summer of 2019 has enjoyed a productive debut campaign in English football. Several challenges have been overcome, including a slow start to life in the Premier League, an unfortunate injury at the turn of the year and the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Pulisic has cleared those hurdles in style, with the progress he has made in west London seeing inevitable comparisons drawn to former Blues star Eden Hazard.Lampard has been eager to avoid being dragged into that debate, with a 21-year-old attacker also keen to distance himself from links to a Belgian superstar who carried Chelsea for many years.Pulisic, along with those around him, are aware that he still has a long way to go before he can stand alongside iconic figures of the past and present.There is, however, confidence in the Blues camp that impressive development can be maintained, allowing a hot prospect to add even more qualities to his game and hit even greater heights.Lampard told reporters of his hopes for Pulisic ahead of an FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester United on Sunday: “Well I have seen a real improvement in his all-round game.“Coming to the Premier League is very difficult because of the physical nature of the league and we have to remember how young he is and the summer he had.“I think he found those physical demands pretty strong in the beginning and now you are seeing him deal with it better. A lot of that can be credit to himself and how he has approached it.“He has worked a lot with our strength and conditioning coach, Adam Burrows, who is fantastic. They have worked a lot together, but it is Christian who has to take on that responsibility and he has. Physically that has helped him. “Also, just his talent is coming through. Looking forward, I probably want to see more of what he has shown in recent times, which is goals and assists, because that is what the best in the world do in that position.“I feel he has the capability to do that as he improves. That can be the edge as his game goes on and moves on levels.”Pulisic has taken in 31 appearances for Chelsea in the 2019-20 campaign, with nine goals and as many assists recorded across those outings.last_img read more

Roger Stone to be sentenced despite controversy

first_imgJudge Amy Berman Jackson will still give Stone time to make challenges in his case after he is sentenced. That means that even if the judge sentences him to jail this week, he won’t be detained right away. Judge Amy Berman Jackson declared Roger Stone to be sentenced on Thursday as scheduled, after rejecting requests from the defense for a delay over concerns of jury misconduct.Roger Stone, ex-Trump advisor, was convicted last year on 7 charges of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress on charges that stemmed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.Jackson’s decision comes after Stone’s defense made a second request for a new trial last Friday.Judge Holds Special Hearing in Roger Stone Case Todaylast_img

Penge equals record in McEvoy Trophy win

first_img17 Apr 2015 Penge equals record in McEvoy Trophy win A medical emergency disrupted play in the final round of the Peter McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath – but nothing could derail Marco Penge from a record-equalling victory.Players had to wait for over two hours while emergency services tended to a member who was injured in a fall on the course. But Penge (image © Leaderboard Photography) was unfazed by the delay and when play resumed he completed a round of 66 for a total of 12-under par.He was eight shots clear of Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park), who was runner-up for the second year in a row and who won this title in 2013.“When we were waiting I heard someone say the record was 12-under and I made that my goal,” said Penge, an England boy international from Golf at Goodwood in Sussex.“I got to 12-under with three to play, but I three-putted the 16th – I went for the first putt to try to get the record! Then I missed a short birdie putt on 17 but I birdied the last to tie the record.”Penge, 16, started the tournament in fine style, with a six-under 65 which included six consecutive birdies in his first nine holes, from the 13th to the 18th.He returned a steady, level par 71 in the second round, and in the third he was three-over after nine holes – before the birdies returned. “I shot four-under on the back nine to get to one-under, and finished with three birdies on the trot,” he recounted.“I could have been a lot lower in the last round, but it was a good score,” added Penge, who played well off the tee throughout the tournament. “I kept it in play, I only went at the pins when I could and I aimed for the middle of the green when they were tucked away.”Penge’s win underlines a good start to the season in which he has already won a Faldo Series event, qualified for the match play in the Spanish amateur and finished 11th in the Duncan Putter in Wales. He tis a member of the England Golf boys’ squad.Click here for more information about the Peter McEvoy Trophylast_img read more