Earth Day is April 22, but the benefits of the changes you make on this day last for years. It doesn’t matter how small or large the project is. Green living of any kind has a lasting impact. If you aren’t sure how to celebrate Earth Day, here are a few ideas for activities.
In Your Apartment
The everyday choices you make—eating, recycling, commuting—all contribute to the size of your carbon footprint. A few minor changes to your routine have the power to reduce your carbon footprint and better the environment.
- Purchase organic fruits and vegetables from local vendors.
- Walk, carpool or use public transportation whenever possible.
- Combine errands and take reusable shopping bags.
- Don’t set your thermostat too low or too high.
- Turn off lights when you leave the room.
- Unplug electronics when not in use.
Green living not only combats climate change, but can also save you money on your utility bills—as much as 20 percent according to some estimates. Use the Earth Day Network Footprint Calculator to determine how you can reduce your energy consumption.
In Your Neighborhood
If you want to get involved on a larger scale, an electronic recycling drive is a great project to consider. According to dosomething.org, only 12.5 percent of electronic waste is currently recycled. E-waste in landfills releases lead in the soil and dangerous toxins into the air. Hold a drive in your luxury apartment community to recycle old cell phones and other electronics, and support a charity while you’re at it. Be sure to remove batteries from the electronics as they typically require separate recycling. BatteriesPlus offers boxes and recycling services for spent batteries.
Adopt-a-Highway program is another possibility for volunteering in your community. Whether you form your own group to keep a section of highway pristine or you organize efforts on behalf of the church you attend or the company you work for, you are contributing to a cleaner environment.
For other volunteering ideas and opportunities in your area, visit earthday.org, or contact your local municipality.
What UDR is already doing
UDR is committed to environmentally conscious development and operations of luxury apartment portfolios. Our green apartment living initiatives reduce the environmental impact of our communities and enhance the quality of life for our residents.
- Landscaping with native and drought-tolerant vegetation and preservation of mature trees and waterways.
- Reducing the use of paper through electronic processing of rent payments, service requests, and lease renewals. Converting to 100% online marketing and advertising, which minimizes paper waste.