Apr 222011
 

Earth Day’s the time to take a moment and reflect on what we’re doing to conserve this beautiful planet.  It’s the time to think about using more energy-efficient lighting, and not just because it shaves some money off the monthly power bill.

Are you pledging an Act of Green this Earth Day?

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Earth Day Network’s 2011 campaign

A little history:

Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1970 in the United States by Senator Gaylord Nelson.  Nelson had been working for years to push environmental issues into the political “spotlight.”  While on a speaking tour in the summer of 1969, he encountered many of the anti-Vietnam War demonstrations taking college campuses by storm.  It sparked the idea: Organize a grassroots movement in protest of what was happening to the environment.  Nelson thought it would be the perfect way to get environmental issues onto the political agenda.

He was right.

Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level.  We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated.  That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day.  It organized itself.  - Nelson

41 years later:

Each year, Earth Day Network chooses a theme.  This year’s campaign is called “A Billion Acts of Green.”  The goal is to inspire every individual to make a change to reduce carbon emissions and support sustainability.  Head over to the site to pledge: It can be as simple as changing out your inefficient light bulbs or switching to reusable grocery bags.

Our pledge:

We are continually striving to be a greener company.  Here are our “Acts of Green”:

  • Use biodegradable packing materials for all products shipped from our warehouse.  These packing peanuts are made of cornstarch, so they decompose in water and leave no toxic waste.
  • Do not publish a paper catalog.
  • Encourage employees to work from home offices when possible to avoid a wasteful commute.
  • Offer ENERGY STAR® light bulbs and fixtures.
  • Promote fluorescent and LED light sources over incandescent light sources.
  • Offer energy-efficient CA Title 24 light fixtures.

If you’re making a pledge today, please share it below!

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Emily WidleEmily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.

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