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Parks, Recreation & Culture » Sustainable Kamloops » Environmental Sustainability »

Ten Things You Can Do

  1. Use water wisely; it is our most precious resource.
    • Install low flow toilets, showerheads and tap aerators in your home.
    • Fix all leaks in toilets and taps.
    • Xeriscape your yard to reduce summer watering by planting drought tolerant plants, trees, shrubs etc.
    • Consider capturing rainwater for non-potable use whenever possible by using a rainbarrel.
  2. Minimize your waste and "Rethink" before you make purchases.
    • Does the item use minimal packaging?
    • Is it made from recycled material?
    • Can the packaging be recycled?
  3. "Reduce" and "Reuse" to keep waste out of our landfills.
    • Buy only what you need.
    • Purchase in bulk to reduce packaging.
    • Use a reusable water bottle; use Tupperware containers to pack lunches in and use cloth napkins for lunches.
    • Use rags instead of paper towels.
    • "Recycle" is the last of the 4R's and the final step in waste management.
  4. Use energy efficiently, whether electricity, natural gas or renewable energy sources.
    • Install a programmable thermostat.
    • Use a power bar to turn off your electronics to avoid phantom power.
    • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs or LED lights.
    • Check your home for any air leaks and if possible upgrade your home's mechanical systems, appliances, doors and windows to EnergyStar approved products.
  5. Think Globally, Act Locally!
    • Buy locally to support local businesses and farmers in our community this will also reduce transportation needs.
    • Use your buying power to support environmentally friendly companies, businesses and products. When shopping buy products that have a high percent of recycled content and little packaging.
  6. Use your backyard to manage your own waste.
    • Try to deal with all of your waste in your own backyard first by composting, grass-cycling and mulching.
    • Grow your own vegetable and herb garden. If you don't have a backyard or have limited space, try vermicomposting or planting in planters.
  7. Alternatives to the car.
    • Utilize public transportation, active transportation (walking, cycling etc.) and car pooling options.
    • One bus can replace 40 vehicles on the road which lowers traffic congestion and greenhouse gases.
  8. Consider supplying all or some of your energy needs with renewable energy sources.
    • Either purchase renewable energies or retrofit your home to produce your own (solar, wind, geothermal, biodeisel etc.).
  9. Support the protection and rehabilitation of our environmentally sensitive areas, riparian zones and wildlife habitats.
    • Get active in community groups or participate in a community event such as Clean Air Day and World Rivers Day and the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up.
    • Educate friends and family members on the importance of staying out of these sensitive areas with motorized and even foot traffic.
    • Organize a litter pick up party in areas that have litter problems such as the Lac du Bois Grasslands.
  10. Don't idle. Consider the impact idling has on climate change and your air quality.
    • Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting your engine.
    • Myth: shutting off and restarting your vehicle is hard on the engine and uses more gas that if you leave it running.
    • Frequent restarting has little impact on engine components like the batter and starter motor.

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