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Earth Week at PBA

 

Welcome to Palm Beach Atlantic University’s 6th annual Earth Day celebrations.  This week we challenge you to do better and be better.  Do something good for your environment and maybe even your health. 

Join us in this venture of changing your impact on the environment and being better stewards of God’s Creation. Thank you to our good friends at Georgia Southern University, Center for Sustainability and the No Impact Project for their ideas and suggestions. 

To sign up for a daily Earth Week challenge email, complete this form or use the QR code:

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Challenges:

 

 


Monday, April 12 – Consumption

Consume Less Today, and Always!

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Did you know that 99% of what we harvest, mine, process, and transport ends up in landfills within 6 months? From uneaten food alone we generate a total of about 43 million tons of waste a day. For consumption day and for the rest of the week, do your best to do more with less.

Responsible Consumption & Production: Why it matters 

 

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Challenge - Consume less. Starting today and for the rest of the week:

  • Resist the urge to shop online! Save your money instead
  • Only buy what you need
  • Need some household items or décor? Maybe you can make them with repurposed materials!
  • Coffee cozy? No problem! Make one yourself out of old jeans: Jeans Coffee Cozy
  • For more ideas including wreaths, vases, and coasters, see here: 11 Clever, Crafty Ways to Use the Things You're Hoarding

 


Tuesday, April 13 – Transportation

Alternative Transportation Day

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Burn calories, not fossil fuels! 50% of the average American’s trips are within two miles of home. Bike, walk, or carpool (once social distancing is over) if you can! Also, remember that while you are in the drive-thru line or waiting to pick up a friend, idling for longer than 10 seconds uses more fuel than turning your car off and on again.

Transportation Emissions Chart

 

Challenge - Reduce your transportation footprintTrans

  • Bike, walk, or skateboard whenever possible
  • Post-pandemic, use public transportation and form carpools
  • Rather than idle in a vehicle for extended periods of time, shut the vehicle off.
  • If you are in the market for a new vehicle, consider a suggested model from EPA’s Green Vehicle Guide
  • Buy local. This reduces transportation costs associated with shipping items. Purchase groceries from a local green market or farm-to-table grocer:
  • Learn more about the carbon footprint of various modes of transportation at the following website: Which is the most eco-friendly mode of transportation?

Wednesday, April 14 – Water Reduction

Don't let it go down the drain!

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Even though we live on a blue planet, the freshwater we need makes up only a fraction of 1% of the world's accessible water. Most of our water is salty, frozen or trapped in the soil or atmosphere. Fresh water is precious--don't let it go down the drain!

 

Quick Facts on Water Usage

 

Challenge - Reduce the amount of water you use:

  • Check out our timed shower playlist on Spotify to help reduce your shower times and water waste! 
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.  
  •  If you wash dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.  
  • Run only full dishwasher and the washer/dryer loads.

 


Thursday, April 15 – Waste/No Trash

Refuse, Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse!

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Did you know that on average, each American produces more than 4 lbs. of trash every day? Many communities around the country (including south Florida) are struggling with limited landfill space and send their trash 100+ miles away. This increases transportation cost, fossil fuel use and emissions. Our trash heaps here in South Florida change the landscape, creating hills and trash mountains.  You can often avoid making trash if you plan ahead and think about waste when you are making purchases. Today, and for the rest of the week, we challenge you to get creative and to make no trash (excluding safety protocols required during the COVID-19 pandemic).  Try the 4 “R”s  Refuse, Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse.

Quick Facts on Recycling

 

Challenge - no trash and to reduce

We challenge you to make no trash and to reduce, reuse, and not throw anything away.  Refuse any material you cannot use or recycle.  Recycle all that is possible and Reuse what is left.  Reduce your footprint.

 


Friday, April 16 – Lake Worth Lagoon Day

The WORTH of our Lagoon

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Palm Beach Atlantic University is blessed with an ecological and economic gem at its doorstep, Lake Worth Lagoon. It is Palm Beach County’s largest estuary (a body of water where freshwater runoff from land mixes with seawater). The estuary provides critical habitat for various plants and animals, provides a buffer to storm surge, and supports recreational activity. Up until the 1990’s the water quality of the lagoon suffered from hundreds of years of filling and dredging activities. Release of untreated freshwater discharge and sewage further polluted the estuary. For the past 30 years, substantial efforts have been made to restore Lake Worth Lagoon. Currently, over 250 acres of habitat have been restored, and stricter regulations on discharge have been enforced, vastly improving the health of the ecosystem. A prime example of these restoration activities is South Cove Natural Area. Here, a 7-acre hole dredged from the lagoon that had become a dead zone, was filled with clean sand to form 3 intertidal islands totaling 2 acres. The islands were planted with native mangroves (unique trees adapted to an aquatic lifestyle). The project also added 3.5 acres of seagrass habitat and 1 acre of oyster reefs.

 

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Challenge: Walk to South Cove Natural Area

  • Walk to South Cove Natural Area via the 556-foot boardwalk just north of Royal Park Bridge along the downtown WPB waterfront. Notice the island’s mangroves! They provide important habitat for fish and wading birds, in addition to buffering our coastline. Be on the lookout for manatees and sea turtles that frequent the area to feed on seagrasses.
  • For more information on the lagoon, please visit this site: Palm Beach County, Environmental Resources Management; Lake Worth Lagoon
  • Mark your calendar to attend LagoonFest on November 6, 2021: LagoonFest 2021
  • Get involved in Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative, an informal group of stakeholders dedicated to improving the health of the lagoon and increasing public awareness: Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative

All images from Palm Beach County, Environmental Resources Management division


Saturday, April 17 – Stewardship

Slow down and appreciate what you have!

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Wrap up your Earth Week by Giving Back today – plan to do something that has a positive impact on the environment. You can participate in a Workship event, clean up litter in your neighborhood, or practice a random act of kindness. You have worked hard at reducing your negative impact on the earth all week — today, plan to initiate actions that have a positive impact!   By being a good steward, you respect God’s love for His Creation and return that love to the Creator.  Slow down and appreciate what you have.  Challenge yourself today to be charitable, to act in good faith, and to become a witness of good stewardship.

Find out how trees are natural stewards!

Challenge: an act of selflessness

  • Your final challenge is to perform one act of selflessness. Here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Join a Workship event  
  • Donate Blood
  • Deliver meals to the elderly 
  • Write a thank you card to our essential workers (hospital staff, grocery workers, etc.) and send to your local hospital/grocery store.
  •  Sew masks for healthcare workers and others who are at risk.
  • Donate non-perishable items to your local food bank. Find your local food bank here

Sunday, April 18 – Reflection

Reflect on your week of environmental stewardship

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Take some time to relax and enjoy with friends (following social distancing & Sailfish Safe protocols) and reflect on your week of environmental stewardship. What did you enjoy? What was challenging? What will you keep for the future? 

Click here for our short EarthWeek survey & feedback. Please complete as this helps us with our numbers of participants.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Georgia Southern University No Impact Week  and No Impact Project