askHrgreen.org
askHRgreen Blog
Upcoming Events for askHrgreen
  • askHRgreen Facebook
  • a
  • askHRgreen YouTube
  • a
  • askHrgreen Newsletter

 

Hurricane Prep for the Yard

Posted on August 22, 2014 by | Comments (0)

storm-pics-2007-1-801184-mUs Hampton Roadians (can I call us that?) are no strangers to hurricane preparations.  We know how important it is to be prepared ahead of time with water, canned goods, batteries, flashlights and other items to keep us safe inside the home.  But what about outside the house?  Now – while the sky is blue – is the time to take a look at your yard to make sure it’s ready for future storms.  Here are a few tips:

  • Cut back trees and remove any weak or dead branches that could pose a threat to your (or your neighbor’s) home.  Consider hiring a certified arborist who can evaluate the health of your trees and suggest ways to trim them back while keeping them alive and well.
  • Maintain drainage structures on your property such as ditches, drains or retention ponds by keeping them free of debris and weeds.  You can also contact your local Public Works Department for additional guidance.
  • Store hazardous materials properly and make sure they’re secure and sheltered before a storm hits.  High winds and flooding can easily carry things like motor oil, gasoline and other chemicals from your back porch and into the storm drain. 
  • Make sure you have a way to secure all loose items in your back yard.  Don’t wait until the day before a hurricane to realize you have no place to put those lawn chairs! 

You may also consider mentioning these facts to your neighbors or offering to help them prepare their yards.  Just because the tree isn’t in your yard doesn’t mean the dead branches won’t come through your window!  Debris knows no property lines.

Posted in: Outdoor tips, Uncategorized

Share a link to this article with someone you know. Fill out the form below to send it to them.


Start Your Company’s Go Green Efforts With Paper Recycling

Posted on August 19, 2014 by | Comments (0)

recycle

While huge go green initiatives have garnered extensive attention on a worldwide scale, it’s important to remember that, when it comes to making the environment a top priority, it doesn’t have to be a “go big or go home” mentality. In fact, for many organizations, starting with smaller initiatives can yield extensive overall impact and set the foundation for larger actions in the future.

What’s one of the best ways to start your business’s go green efforts? Implement paper recycling. Paper recycling provides a streamlined, straightforward process that can quickly be implemented in even the largest organizations and corporations. Oftentimes, simply setting up recycling bins throughout the office is all it takes to encourage all employees to embrace the process.

Making paper recycling an integral part of your company’s day-to-day operations instantly yields a distinctive range of environmentally-friendly benefits such as:

  • Reducing capacity at landfills: Items that aren’t properly recycled can spend a lifetime taking up space in already crowded landfills and dumps. Choosing to repurpose your paper ensures that it won’t end up in trash heaps.
  •  Minimizing gas emissions: Not only do non-recycled items take up unnecessary space in landfills, but trash accumulating in these dumps has been proven to emit gasses into the environment. Choosing to recycle eliminates the chance that your products will contribute harmful gas emissions to our delicate ecosystems.

Paper Recycling: The First Step To Minimizing Your Corporate Carbon Footprint

For many organizations, paper recycling is such an easy solution that it actually encourages the company to strategize other ways to minimize its overall carbon footprint. There are a wide range of strategies an organization can implement to help ensure that it’s doing everything it can to make the environment a top priority. Expanding office recycling programs or operations recycling programs to include cardboard, glass and/or scrap metal are a few of the simple ways that businesses in every industry can enhance their current go green efforts.

There are even sustainability firms that can help your business go green – whether you’re just getting started or looking for that “zero landfill” status. Partner with one of these firms for a comprehensive plan for achieving sustainability. For example, a waste management firm can help create customized trash and scrap solutions to not only help your business do its part for the environment, but also help your company reduce operational costs for the ultimate corporate win/win.

Guest blog submitted by Tom Campeggio, Controller for Combined Resources.

Posted in: Reduce reuse and recycle

Share a link to this article with someone you know. Fill out the form below to send it to them.


Be a Good Mate and Keep Our Waterways Ship Shape!

Posted on August 13, 2014 by | Comments Off

Smithfield Station in Isle of Wight - A Virginia Clean MarinaIf you’re a boater in Hampton Roads, you probably don’t need to be told that our waterways are a valuable resource. And you probably already know that it is important to have a thriving population of fish and crabs. And you definitely understand that the Chesapeake Bay is stunning and beautiful and worth protecting…

But what you might not realize is that by default boaters are the voice of clean water! Yep, the Salt Life sticker on the back of your truck or the Bass Pro Shop hat on your head tells the world “I support clean waterways!” Surprised? Don’t be! You know how important clean water is! It’s likely that you’ve seen the impacts of water pollution firsthand. So now that you know you have a hand to play in clean waterways, what are you and all your boat-loving friends going to do about it? We’ll make it easy for you. Just follow these good to do tips and share them with a friend!

  • Butts on Board – The most common type of litter found in waterways? Cigarettes butts! Don’t throw these little bits overboard – they add up to a big mess that takes years to decompose.
  • Secure Your Trash – Don’t let fishing line, drink bottles/cans, or wrappers from your snacks get lost in the ocean breeze. Bring along two containers with sealable lids for collecting trash and recyclables.
  • Keeping it Clean – When your boat is in dry-dock, give it a good scrub on a ‘natural’ surface like grass, gravel or dirt. The natural surface will soak up the dirty water instead of sending it into waterways through the storm drains. Opt for cleaning with plain water or, if needed, a phosphate-free, biodegradable and non-toxic cleaner when your boat is in the water.
  • Oil and Water Don’t Mix – Keep toxic chemicals out of the water. That means preventing oil, gas, and antifreeze from spilling into waterways. Preventative maintenance is key!
  • Respect No Discharge Zones No discharge zones are areas where boaters cannot empty their onboard toilet tanks (aka marine sanitation device) into waterways due to risks to human health, potential damage to aquatic habitats or existing water quality concerns. Locally the Lynnhaven River is a no discharge zone as is the Piankatank River slightly to our north in Middlesex County. The best disposal option is to use a marina pump station to empty waste.
  • Heed the No Wake Signs – That No Wake sign might indicate that you’re in an environmentally sensitive area. Wake can cause erosion along shorelines which reduces the natural barrier that filters polluted stormwater created by the landlubbers and their impervious structures.
  • Choose Clean Marinas – The Virginia Clean Marina Program promotes the voluntary use of pollution reduction strategies by marinas, boatyards and boaters. Find a Clean Marina near you and give them your business whenever you can. Better yet? Talk with your regular marina about becoming a member!

For more ways you can be a waterway-friendly boater, visit Virginia Clean Marina online. And don’t forget there’s also plenty of ways to keep waterways clean from the shore!

Posted in: Don't litter!, Outdoor tips, Waterways

Share a link to this article with someone you know. Fill out the form below to send it to them.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Can You Dig it?

Posted on August 11, 2014 by | Comments Off

Leg of a Man Standing with a Shovel in a YardIt’s National 811 Day! That’s right; August 11th is all about learning to dig safely in order to protect underground utility lines. All you need to know is this: call 811 before you dig! It’s that easy. Within 3 working days, a crew will come out and mark your site with paint and flags indicating where the underground utilities lines are on your property.

Most people don’t stop to think about the network of utility lines that are running beneath their feet. These utility lines are out of sight and out of mind! But you’d surely realize the moment they were gone. Powers out? Toilet won’t flush? No H2O flowing from the tap? That’s what happens when underground utilities are damaged by careless diggers. Even worse than service interruptions is the possibility of wastewater spills. It won’t be pleasant if you bust a wastewater line during your dig – for you or the environment. Not to mention that damage to utility lines cause costly repairs to infrastructure.   

So before you begin your next weekend warrior project, call 811 and find out where the utility lines are on your property.

Posted in: Outdoor tips

Share a link to this article with someone you know. Fill out the form below to send it to them.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center Rebranded

Posted on August 6, 2014 by | Comments Off

528304_10150718483939860_490997696_n“Resource Recover Center” was added to the name of the Virginia Beach City Landfill to highlight the wide variety of services offered there, and to help educate all Virginia Beach residents of the opportunities to make the most of their discards. Discards don’t have to be trash. Virginia Beach curbside and drop off recycling programs are award winning and have tremendous community support, but are just the beginning to overall Waste Minimization. Donate what can be donated.  Recycle what can be recycled. Responsibly dispose of those items, such as Household Hazardous Waste, that cannot be donated or recycled. Goodwill was selected to provide donation boxes on site as part of the Resource Recovery Center. In addition to the regular recycling drop off boxes, “Other Recycling Options” are continuously being developed and currently include all types of metal, electronics such as computers and cell phones, batteries, rigid plastics, oyster shells, dirt, concrete, and more. Resource recovery is not only good for the environment, but it also reduces disposal costs. Waste Management tripled the amount of hard plastics in four months. That’s material that could have ended up being landfilled instead of recycled. Resource Recovery is a good, responsible option for disposing of these materials. Virginia Beach Waste Management worked with VBTV to develop a video on Resource Recovery that aired on the station and is available online on Waste Management’s recently updated website, www.VBgov.com/landfill. Additional marketing and promotion is planned.

This blog post submitted by Linda S. Minner, APR, City of Virginia Beach Recycling Coordinator and John C. Barnes, City of Virginia Beach Waste Management Administrator.

 

Posted in: Reduce reuse and recycle

Share a link to this article with someone you know. Fill out the form below to send it to them.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

 

  • This is exciting stuff! Get email notifications when new blog posts have been made.
  • LOOKS LIKE FUN!