By Kevin Stevens, RN, MSN, CHSE MS CPD Student Certified IRONMAN Coach
Ahh, spring has sprung, the sun is shining when it’s not cloudy and raining and the birds are chirping, usually at 4:00 a.m. This is the time when everyone is ready to head outdoors. What better way to do so than to get involved in the largest road race in the nation, an annual spring event, Bloomsday? A nice 7.46 mile jaunt through the beautiful Spokane area.
What can a desire to learn and practice more about intellectual wellness and celebrating Earth Day have in common? I thought about that for a lot of time in March and stumbled on the easy answer: quite a bit.
Do you want to be greener, but don’t know where to start? Here are a few ideas for how to make more sustainable choices at work. If you are just starting your sustainability journey, start small. Small efforts can have big impacts.
The key to reducing your waste is to think about the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Using this lens can help you choose items that come in recyclable or reusable packaging, or find creative ways to use what you already have instead of purchasing something new. If you are just starting your sustainability journey, try choosing just one item to become more contentious about. Small efforts have big impacts.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a “waste-not, want-not” kind of person. Last April, when I accepted a position at WSU, I was excited. Of course I was excited about the job, and the innovative community I was joining, but I was also looking forward to taking advantage of alternative commuting options. I wasn’t sure if I could be successful biking to work and back home each day, so I set a goal. I called it my 30 Day Green Challenge. My goal was to bike to work at least 4 days a week, for 30 days. I wanted to give myself one day to drive in case I needed to lug large items to work, or attend mid-day appointments. I am glad to report that I was successful with my 30 Day Green Challenge. Beyond successful. I found that I could be pretty creative with bringing larger items on my bike, and that most of my appointments could be scheduled within walking or biking distance of campus. I only drove to work two days that month.