Celebrate Earth Day

Want to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day? Click below to view 50 ways you can help our planet at home or at work!

Challenge accepted! See how many of these you can do during the month of April, and be sure to take pictures of you doing them and tag us on Facebook or Instagram!

Want to celebrate remotely on Earth Day?

Harvard Extension School is hosting a live broadcast at 9:30 am with special guest speakers. Join them for a momentous global on-line celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2020

They will have the following guests share their inspirational words on how education catalyzes positive change:

  • Dr. Henry Leitner, Interim Dean, Harvard Division of Continuing Education and University Extension
  • Sarah Sutton, Principal, Principal of Sustainable Museums, and a member of the Executive Committee of We Are Still In, the largest coalition of non-state supporters of the Paris Agreement & HES instructor
  • Holley Chant ALM ’11, Director of Sustainability and Environment, Qiddiya Investment Company
  • Zeyneb Magavi SPH ’03, ALM ’18, Executive Director at HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team)

Register below!

50 Things You Can do to Help the Earth

  1. Conserve water at your home or office
  2. Organize a neighborhood storm drain stenciling project
  3. Divert runoff with a rain garden and/or rain barrel
  4. Use fertilizers sparingly, making sure to avoid driveways, roads, and sidewalks
  5. Plant grasses or plants on bare spots in your yard
  6. Direct gutter downspouts away from paged areas
  7. Don’t mow directly to the edge of a creek
  8. Take your car to the car wash or wash it on the lawn instead of the driveway
  9. Regularly check your vehicle for fluid leaks and dispose of used oil by taking it to an automotive shop for recycling
  10. Pick up your pets’ waste
  11. Use low-phosphorus detergents
  12. Regularly (every 3-5 years) pump your septic tank
  13. Never pour household hazardous waste down sinks or in storm drains
  14. Maintain clog free drains by using baking soda and vinegar monthly
  15. Bike to work or take public transit
  16. Use energy-efficient LED or CFL light bulbs
  17. Seek out Energy Star, EPEAT, and WaterSense labeled products when replacing appliances, electronics, and fixtures
  18. “Unplug” from electronics and enjoy time on a hike or walk around the block
  19. Decrease your household energy use by 10%
  20. Check your tire pressure regularly to maximize gas mileage
  21. Carpool
  22. Turn all ceiling fans counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter to maximize air circulation and thus save energy
  23. Unplug appliances, electronics, and chargers unless they’re in use
  24. Wash your clothes in cold water
  25. Use caulk or weather stripping to reduce air leaks in your home or business
  26. Set your dishwasher for air dry instead of heat dry
  27. Install a programmable thermostat
  28. Schedule an energy audit from your utility company
  29. Clean all HVAC filters once a month during peak heating/cooling seasons
  30. Improve your recycling
  31. Compost food and yard waste, and use or give away finished compost
  32. Use reusable travel mugs when getting beverages to go
  33. Buy items that are made from post consumer recycled material
  34. Donate unwanted items, including furniture, appliances, and home goods, to thrift or resale organizations
  35. Organize a neighborhood litter clean-up
  36. Reduce waste from meals by cooking only what is needed
  37. Pack a waste free lunch
  38. Buy produce with minimal packaging
  39. Have your bills sent to you electronically to save paper
  40. Use Waste Paint Hardener™ or kitty litter to help properly dispose of unwanted paint
  41. Use rechargeable batteries and then dispose of them properly (can be done at home improvement stores, office supply locations, or even electronic recycling centers)
  42. Find your local electronic recycling center in order to properly dispose of old cords, microwaves, large appliances, etc (Environmental Recycling Inc. 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Other ways to recycle appliances include Kentucky Utilities’ Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling program and Habitat for Humanity ReStore.)
  43. Landscape with native plants that require less water and fertilizer to thrive
  44. Start or expand a vegetable garden
  45. Build a Monarch waystation
  46. Put up at least one bird or bat house to provide habitat and naturally control pests
  47. Plant at least one tree for the air, water and habitat benefits
  48. Provide a winter food source for wildlife by leaving native flowers on the stalks after they have died
  49. Replace furniture polish with a mixture of two parts olive oil and one part lemon juice
  50. Replace glass cleaner with one part vinegar and one part water