Fall Tree Giveway with New York Restoration Project!

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EAA is hosting a tree giveaway event in collaboration with New York Restoration Project.

This event is scheduled for November 3, 2012 from 12 to 2 pm at 150-51 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354 (Han Yang Mart). We will be giving out a total of 100 trees to community members. Trees will be given away to NYC residents only; one tree can be adopted per address. 

Please note that trees cannot be planted on rooftops, terraces, or in city parks. Simple tree planting and care instructions come with your tree. All you need is a place to plant, a shovel and access to water. You will be required to fill out a tree adoption agreement to adopt your tree.

Online registration is available at http://www.treegiveaways.com/eaa.php. (Priorities will be given to those who register online.)

For more information about this event, please contact us at 212-695-8840 or info@environmentaa.org.

Help EAA raise $250,000 by casting a vote at Chase Community Giving

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Calling on all EAA’s friends around the world! The Environment Action Association has been nominated for a share of up to $250,000 from a $5million annual charity giveaway by Chase Bank USA.

The public voting period on Facebook will be September 6-19. The top 196 charities will share in $5 million in grants. The top charity with most votes will receive $250K. This will make a huge difference in our efforts to help save the environment. Let’s make a difference!

How to Vote for a Charity
The Chase Community Giving’s national program voting period begins on September 6, 2012 at 12:00:01 a.m. ET and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on September 19, 2012. Chase customers with an online Chase account and Facebook users can vote for their favorite charity (“Eligible Voters”).

There are two ways to vote:
1) www.chasegiving.com:
During the Voting Period, Chase customers will automatically receive two (2) votes to cast during the Voting Period by visiting www.ChaseGiving.com and following the directions. Chase customers may also cast votes on Facebook as defined below. Voters on ChaseGiving.com can only cast one (1) Standard ChaseGiving.com vote per charity.

2) Facebook: http://bit.ly/NOsbz7
1. Search for Chase Community Giving at the top of your profile page.
2. Like the Chase Community Giving Page.
3. Vote for Environment Action Association.
4. Invite your friends to Vote for Environment Action Association.

For more information about the Chase Giving Program, please visit http://www.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving.

10 tips for staying waste-free at work

Check out 10 simple tips for staying waste-free at work, and cut the footprint of your workday in half.

1.  Pack your own lunch 

Bringing your own lunch and snacks to the office in reusable containers not only reduces packaging waste, but can also put thousands of dollars back into your pocket annually.

A survey of 1,000 workers conducted by finance recruiting firm Accounting Principals revealed that the average American worker spends $37 per week on bought lunch, adding up to $2,000 a year (there’s that pay increase you’ve been looking for).

The same survey found that 50 percent of the American workforce spends $1,000 per year on coffee. So, bring your morning cup to work in a reusable mug, and utilize office coffee machines to save on cash and reduce hard-to-recycle coffee cup waste.

To get you started on your low-waste, low-budget revolution, check out these sustainable lunch and snack recipes that are perfect for the office, and banish those vending machine trips for good.

2.  Make supplies last longer 

Reaching for a dried-out pen during a stressful workday can make you want to pull your hair out. But it can also lead to prematurely tossing your supplies. Are there really ways to make office supplies last longer? Absolutely.

The ink in your pens, highlighters and markers tends to dry up faster if they aren’t being used regularly. So, try using your writing implements one-at-a-time to ensure they won’t end up forgotten in the back of your desk.

And try to keep your pen tips clean. Inks naturally coagulate at the tip of your pen, making them trickier to write with over time. To avoid plastic waste (and frustration), wipe the tip of your pen with a cloth after each use, and store pens with tips pointing upward to prevent clogging.

Also, keep all pens, markers and glue sticks in a cool, dry place – like inside a desk drawer or closet. Heat and exposure to direct sunlight can cause inks and glues to dry up and harden.

3. “Precycle” your office supplies 

“Precycling” refers to the simple act of reducing non-recyclable waste before it starts. The term typically applies to choosing products packaged in materials that are easily recyclable, but it can also apply to your office supplies.

Opt for supplies that are easy to reuse or recycle to stop waste in its tracks. When faced with a decision as to which supplies to use, try asking yourself: Can I recycle or reuse this? A simple change in mindset could mean lighter waste bins all year long.

Not sure where to start? Try using paper clips instead of staples for easy reuse, and opt for crumpled newspaper instead of bubble wrap to protect items during shipping. At your desk, invest in a reusable tape dispenser to halt plastic dispenser waste, and reuse items like folders and media boxes for as long as possible before throwing them out.

4. Green your commute 

Commuting to work can be stressful – not only for you, but also for the environment. The average American family’s weekday commute produces around 7,000 pounds of carbon emissions every year, according to a study conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The good news is that reducing your driving, even slightly, can carry huge environmental benefits. Driving a mere 10 percent less, by walking, cycling, carpooling, or taking public transit, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 440 to 1,763 pounds per year depending on the vehicle, according to the nonprofit ecology group Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley.

If you’re lucky enough to live close to your workplace, try walking or biking to shrink your carbon footprint, or opt for public transportation for a low-waste, low-stress commute.

If your office is on the other side of town, try carpooling with coworkers a few times a week to reduce environmental impact. Carpooling with two other passengers creates a mere 0.05 pounds of carbon emissions per person, per mile – even in an average car getting about 23 miles-per-gallon, according to Sightline Institute. A “vanpool,” with six occupants in total, comes in at less than 0.04 pounds of CO2 per mile, the research group found.

As an added bonus, carpoolings is also a great way to bond with your coworkers and form relationships you may not have had otherwise. So, round up the gang and hop in the car for a commute that’s low-waste and fun.

5. Reduce paper use 

The average office worker in the U.S. uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year. That’s 4 million tons of copy paper used annually – leaving plenty of room to reduce paper use and shrink your office footprint.

Avoid using paper by emailing important documents to coworkers and clients, and using presentations rather than handouts at weekly staff meetings. To further reduce paper consumption, only print documents when you absolutely have to, and try to use both sides of the paper whenever possible.

For paper you do use, always remember to recycle. The EPA estimates that if an office building of 7,000 workers recycled all of its paper for a year, it would amount to taking 400 cars off the road.

6. Be ready with resuables 

From impromptu lunch outings and office birthday parties to lunch-break errands and shopping trips, there are loads of opportunities to get stuck with single-use products during your workday.

7. Shrink your energy footprint 

Computers, printers and other office necessities can use up loads of energy, racking up enormous bills and expanding the footprint of your workplace. While office energy use may seem nearly impossible to avoid, you can dramatically cut down on your kilowatt-hours with a few easy steps.

If you work from home, put all of your electronics on a power strip, and flip the switch off when items are not in use to avoid vampire power. And take a moment to adjust your computer’s settings to optimize battery usage and hibernate after a period of inactivity.

If you work in an office, talk to your supervisors and IT department about adjusting the settings on all of your office computers and installing power strips. Your bosses will likely be receptive when you tell them how much money it could save.

8. Take paperless notes 

Taking notes is a natural way to get the creative juices flowing. But why take notes on paper when waste-free alternatives abound?

Most word processing software includes an easy highlighter tool to mark important sections of your notes. But if you’re going to take e-notes, you might as well opt for a program that can multi-task. Try an online note-taking program (like Evernote or UberNote) that allows you to bookmark sites of interest, jot down ideas and collaborate with multiple users.

And ditch the endless stream of adhesive paper notes by downloading a free app like Sticky Notes for your computer or the official Post-It app for your smartphone.

If you’re still craving the pen and paper, invest in a whiteboard or chalkboard for your desk, so you can jot down notes and erase them at your leisure without the waste.

9. Cut back on packing waste 

Packing and shipping can create loads of office waste, but you can still do your part to keep those trash cans empty. When shipping, try to pack boxes as densely as possible to avoid cardboard waste, and reuse the same boxes when you can.

For boxes that can’t be reused: compost them! If you work in an office building or don’t have a compost pile for your home office waste, many farmers accept compostables for use in fertilizing their crops. Talk to a local composter about starting a partnership with your office and sending all of your boxes there.

When transporting office supplies from one office to another, ditch the cardboard boxes in favor of a reusable solution like Rent-a-Green Box. Featured on Earth911 in 2010, this “zero-waste pack and move solution” rents out reusable, recycled-content containers for a fraction of the cost (and waste) assosciated with cardboard moving boxes.

10. Help give coworkers the green bug 

Sharing eco-minded ideas with coworkers is a great way to make sure your whole office gets in on the waste-reducing action.

Try giving out reusable water bottles, coffee mugs and shopping bags at the office on holidays to encourage fellow employees to reduce waste. Or send out a mass email about useful file-sharing tools provided by your workplace to remind coworkers of alternatives to printing.

When discussing your values with coworkers, remember to frame the conversation as providing information, not dissing their habits. For example, if you notice a coworker tossing a plastic bottle in the trash, politely telling him about a recycling bin in the next room will yeild far better results than berating him about his disposal habits. With the right approach, you can get everyone in your office excited about going green.

(Source from: Earth911.com)

Meet Our Friend-Mihail Belousiuc

Mihail Belousiuc is from Republic of Moldova (Eastern Europe) and is currently taking a Master’s course at Syracuse University as an exchange student. His dedication and commitment to volunteer for a good cause started at an early age. While staying in the US, Mike wants to get as much volunteering experience as he can; he has been volunteering with EAA since this summer.

Q1.Were you interested in environmental issues and volunteering before?

-If yes, tell us about which environmental issue concerns you the most and your volunteer experience.

A1. Yes . I ve been involved in volunteering actions in my country, organizing and participating in international ecological school (Tajikistan, September 2010), International volunteering Forum (Belarus, April 2010), as well as national ecologic and clean up actions (Hai, Moldova, April 2011)

Climate change mitigation issues and national governmental policies to decrease GHG (CO2) emissions are highly important for each country all around the world. Clean up activities,  gas emission reduction, other actions and policies could mitigate

Q2. Volunteering is one way to help save the environment. After volunteering, do you find your life differently than before?

A2. EAA Volunteering is a good vivid example of involvement, assertiveness in community’s live

Developing team work activities, participatory behavior, communicational skills, and other managerial practices

Meet Our Friend-Vivian Luo

Vivian Luo is one of our regular volunteers. She volunteers for tree care activity twice a week. Volunteering with EAA has given her much inspiration to help save the environment as well as inviting her friends to join with her. She tries to recycle every day.

Q1. Were you interested in environmental issues and volunteering before?

-If yes, tell us about which environmental issue concerns you the most and your volunteer experience.

A1. The environment issue that concerns me the most is water supply. I have participated in activities with EAA.

Q2. Which topic is the most interesting to you and why?

A2. The topic I am most interested in is preserving endangered species because it prevents ecosystems from collapsing.

Q3. For that, what do you do in your daily life?(Please share your examples)

A3. I try to keep a healthy environment and recycle.

Q4. Volunteering is one way to help save the environment.  After volunteering, do you find your life differently than before?

A4. After volunteering, I found my life to be more differently than before. I learn a lot of new information to help the environment and inspire my friends to follow.

Q5. Any comments to encourage others in volunteerism.

A5. Volunteering at EAA will surely benefit you as you can help and learn about the environment at the same time. It is also a great way to meet new people that share the same environmental views as you. Volunteering at EAA is fun and fulfilling.

Meet Our Friend- Ying Liu

Ying Liu is a senior at Midwood High School. She has been concerned about the environmental issues for a very long time. While volunteering for EAA, she was able to learn about 3 R’s: Reuse, Reduce and Recycle which now she does it every day.

Q1.  Were you interested in environmental issues and volunteering before?

è If yes, tell us about which environmental issue concerns you the most and your volunteer experience (if any).

A1. The environmental issue that concerns me the most are the health of the trees that are around me. By joining EAA, I was able to show my care for the trees.

Q2. Which topic is the most interesting to you and why?

A2. The three R’s; Reuse, Reduce and Recycle can make our community a better place for us and for the future.

Q3. For that, what do you do in your daily life? (Please share your examples)

A3. Recycling paper, bottles, utensils and much more.

Q4. Volunteering is one way to help save the environment. After volunteering, do you find your life differently than before?

A4. After volunteering, do you find your life differently than before?
After volunteering, I finally feel that I am part of the environment and nature. Nature gave us life and it is our job to protect it.

Q5. Any comments to encourage others in volunteerism.

A5. Volunteering with EAA is one of my most memorable moments. Even though it is hard work, the results are worth it. If you have free time, why not do something to help the community?

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