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Week 26: #Waves4Change 2020 Sustainability Challenge: Use Alternate Transportation

Why Take This Challenge? If you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint, reducing your vehicle emissions is a great place to start. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 28% of the greenhouse gas emissions being released into the atmosphere come from vehicle transportation (https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/inventory-us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-sinks ). Additionally, driving a car requires … Continued

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Week 25: #Waves4Change 2020 Sustainability Challenge: Buy Local

Why Take This Challenge? Your food often travels a great distance before it lands on your plate, and both the transportation and production of large-scale produce production takes a negative toll on the environment. Shipping food across the globe requires the use of busses, trains, airplanes, and ships, which all use oil and generate massive … Continued

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Week 22: #Waves4Change 2020 Sustainability Challenge: Recycling!

What is happening? The City of Cleveland has not renewed its contract for recycling, so the contents of our recycling bins are now headed for the landfill every week.  Mayor Frank Jackson confirmed that the recycling contract had not been renewed because it becomes too costly to sort recyclable materials and blamed residents for not … Continued

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Week 21: #Waves4Change 2020 Sustainability Challenge: Speak Up About Rollback Of Epa Water Protection Laws

What is Happening? The Trump administration finalized a substantial rollback of EPA rules and regulations under the Clean Water Act that will make it easier to discharge pollutant into America’s streams and waterways. The Clean Water Act was enacted in 1948 and significantly amended in 1972 with the goal to establish regulations around discharging pollutants … Continued

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Providing Girls with Healthy Supplies to Make Sanitary Pads

At DLDT we have trained thousands of girls in making reusable pads that can last for years. Periods are normal, but many girls don’t have access to information or supplies to manage themselves in a healthy way. That’s why we build bathing facilities at schools for girls, provide training and supplies to make pads, and … Continued

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Week 14: #Waves4Change 2020 Sustainability Challenge – Eat Plant Based!

Why Take This Challenge? You might be asking: what is eating plant based and how does it impact the environment? Eating a plant-based diet can have a direct, positive impact on water conservation and pollution. One of the biggest impacts of eating plant based is reducing our carbon footprint. An estimation from the United Nations … Continued

Plastic Bag Ban in Cuyahoga County

Guest Post by: Julia Karlovec, DLDT Intern On May 28, 2019 a county wide ban was passed by the Cuyahoga County Council that prohibits retailers from using both disposable plastic bags and paper bags that are not 100% recyclable. Members of Cuyahoga County Council have been trying to pass this ban for many years with … Continued

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Carbon Impact of one Single-use Plastic Bottle

Sometimes we don’t think about how what we put into our bodies and how it affects the world around us and our near and far future. An average household drinking bottled water (800 bottles per year) creates 350lbs. of CO2 or drives 368 miles with a car. And that’s JUST for bottled water. (Source) ‘The … Continued

Week 3: 2020 Sustainability Challenge- Understanding What You Can Recycle

Guest Post By Kristen Vidmar, DLDT Associate Board Member Why Take This Challenge? Do you often find recycling confusing? You are not the only one! It is difficult to know what is accepted or not because the accepted materials (plastics, glass, cardboard, metals, etc.) that can be recycled are based on a couple of different … Continued

Week 1: 2020 Sustainability Challenge- Go Bottled Water-Free

Why take this challenge? Plastic is oil and other chemicals. Single-use plastics are cheap and leach into the water or the beverage it holds, especially when exposed to extreme cold or heat or sunshine. Some studies over the last few decades have linked these chemicals to cancers and bottled water has plastic IN IT. We … Continued

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