Have you taken the Mayor's Sustainability Pledge? Looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint and improve your positive impact on sustainability?
In The Home
- Use Non-Toxic Cleaners: Borax, vinegar, baking soda, salt, and lemon juice are just a few natural alternatives.
- Check Efficiency Ratings: Save up to 13% of your home's energy by switching to ENERGY STAR-rated appliances with smarter designs, like front-loading washers.
- Use a Rain Barrel: Recycle rainwater to water plants.
At The Office
- Go Dark: Shut down your computer – rather than putting it in “sleep” mode – when you leave each day.
- Print Smart: Think twice before printing. Go electronic when possible and print double-sided in black and white – rather than color – whenever possible.
- Go Recycled: Use 100% recycled content office paper for all printing needs.
- Check out Harvard's Green Office Program.
- Be part of Rochester's Energy Benchmarking Program.
Smart Energy Use
- Schedule an Audit: Complete an online energy audit of your home and office to identify ways you can save energy.
- Reduce Phantom Energy Use: Turn off or unplug devices when not in use.
- Go Renewable: Install renewable energy systems or purchase renewable energy credits from your utility.
- Check out Rochester Public Utility's Resources: Neighborhood Energy Challenge and Residential Rebates are available.
- BYOB: Bring your own bag when shopping at grocery, retail, and other stores.
- Simplify: Embrace minimalism by reducing what you own and buy.
Take an Eco-Rest: For one day (or hour) each week, stop consuming resources. Don't buy anything, use machines, turn on electronics, cook, or even answer your phone. (Enjoy!)
Advocacy & Activism
- Stay informed and VOTE! It’s your superpower. If you want a habitable planet to live on, you need to vote for it.
- Speak Up: Write a letter, email, or even tweet your legislators, newspaper editors, and big businesses and ask them what they’re doing to protect our planet. Share their reply on social media to help spread the word.
- Join a County or City Board, Committee, or Commission.
Food & Health
- Be Aware of Portion Size: Prepare food in amounts that you can eat or use later.
- Prioritize Plants: Fill at least half your plate with seasonal vegetables and fruits.
- Consider Meatless Alternatives: Trade animal products for plant-based foods a day or two each week.
- Share Resources: Take down fences and share play areas and garden space with neighbors.
- Get Connected: Join a neighborhood app like NextDoor to work together to build stronger, healthier neighborhoods.
- Beautify & Celebrate: Organize an event to beautify your neighborhood - then celebrate with your neighbors afterward!
- Adopt a Drain: Keep neighborhoods clean and support local waterways.
- Limit Single-Vehicle Travel: Bike, walk, carpool, car-share, or use public transportation when possible. Download the Arrive Rochester app to get started!
- Drive Smarter: Get regular tune-ups and go easy on the gas.
- Be Fuel-Efficient: Choose an electric, hybrid, or clean-burning gasoline vehicle with low greenhouse gas emissions.
- Practice the 5 Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle.
- Save Water: Install a low-flow showerhead, fix leaky faucets, and install a low-flush toilet. Look for EPA WaterSense labels when purchasing.
- Go Electronic: Reduce the paper bills you receive by signing up for paperless billing and subscriptions.
- Be a Waste Wizard: Enter the name of any item to identify the best disposal method.
- Get Moving: Rake leaves and shovel snow instead of using leaf and snow blowers.
- Shut It Down: Turn off your car when idling out of traffic for more than 30 seconds.
- Go Electric: Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment in favor of electric or hand-powered options.