Conservation

GCA Conservation Pledge

To preserve America’s beauty and natural heritage for future generations, we pledge to:

  • promote conservation stewardship through environmental education and advocate scientifically-based environmental legislation;
  • work to protect endangered species, especially flora, to promote biodiversity and to conserve natural resources;
  • encourage the responsible use of our public lands for the benefit of all citizens; and
  • work to reduce industrial, municipal, and household waste and advocate the prevention of pollution of soil, air, and water.

GCA Position Papers

Useful Resource Tip: Plantipedia

Plantipedia is an online database and resource for plants and plant materials. It is free and easy to use! It makes searching for plants by common name, botanical name, genus or by plant family an easy task. It includes photos of many plants as well as links to other helpful resources. A great source of information she preparing the next flower show.
http://www.plantipedia.com

Why Bees are Disappearing

Did you know there are 20,000 species of bees in the world? But hives have been disappearing at an alarming rate. What can we do in our own backyards and neighborhoods to help? Listen to this interview with researcher Marla Spivak. It is wonderfully informative and something we should all be aware of because it truly impacts our lives.
http://www.npr.org/2013/09/27/225440117/why-are-bees-disappearing

Submitted by Kathleen Danysh

Water Conservation Tips

Here are four helpful tips on conserving water in our homes.

1. When ice cubes are left over, put them in your potted plants. They will love the slow drip system.

2. When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw out the old. Use it on your plants. Also save water from cooked or steamed vegetables to water plants as well.

3. Make the new plantings in your yard this fall native to our region.

4. Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You will save up to 1000 gallons per month!

Ways to Go Green

1. Switch a few of your light bulbs to Compact Florescent Lights. These bulbs are energy efficient and save on electric bills.

2. Use reusable bags and avoid disposable bags. The polyurethane that enters our environment from the production of plastic bags is very harmful.

3. Recycle your electronics and computer equipment. Even though they may be broken or outdated, parts are reusable.

4. Filter your water rather than using bottled water. It saves money and the production of the plastic bottles is harmful to our air.

5. Don’t use artificial air cleaners or plug-ins. The chemicals in them are harmful to us as well as our pets. Make your own air freshener using essential oil and distilled water. Also avoid scented candles made with paraffin or a lead core wick.

6. Carry a mug for take out beverages. Many take out places are not using Styrofoam containers anymore because of the environmental hazards of this product, but many still do. Studies done by the Food and Chemical Toxicology and National Toxicology Programs found that styrene leaches out of polystyrene food containers when the food or beverage is hot. This is a known carcinogenic chemical that enters our bodies and can cause cancer. Styrofoam is not recyclable, clogs landfills and winds up in our ocean where it is harmful to wildlife. Also the polyurethane used in the production of Styrofoam is harmful to the environment and the individuals working at the plant that produces this product.

Paper Towels

“If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.”

Jacques Barzon

Paper towels are made from virgen tree pulp. That means trees are cut down and harvested for a product that will be used ONCE. Dirty paper towels cannot be recycled. It also takes fuel from trucks, and dioxin for the bleaching, not to mention the plastic wrapped on every paper roll to have it ready for the store shelf. By using a rag, sponge or cotton cloth we are making a better choice.

Fact: The paper industry is the 4th largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions among U.S. manufacturing industries and contributes to 9% of the manufacturing sectors carbon emissions.

Submitted by Kathleen Danysh

Your Water Footprint

Check household faucets for leaks. A faucet with even a slow drip takes 10- 25 gallons of water. Just think, 15 drips per minute add up to almost 3 gallons of water wasted a day, 65 gallons per month and 788 gallons wasted per year. Check out your “water footprint” at  www.waterfootprint.org. It is very interesting and enlightening. It can help you understand how to become more adept at conserving water.