How is the MHP managing our Carbon Footprint?
Aside from hosting 868 acres of trees, a 5.5-acre wetland, and increasing plantings of native plants, the MHP is making efforts to mitigate our carbon output in the following ways:
- Using bio-diesel in our farm equipment.
- Replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent bulbs (CFLs).
- Using power strips and turning off or unplugging computer equipment and the copier at the end of each day.
- Making it a rule to turn off the lights in all rooms not in use.
- Reusing paper when printing - if a piece of paper has a blank side it is reused for notes or in-office printing.
- Copy and printer paper is 35% post-consumer recycled.
- Recycling within the office, this includes paper, plastic, and metal.
- Setting the thermostat at 55 degrees in the winter (using a space heater in the main office) and using a window air conditioner unit only during the day during the heat of the summer.
- Using ceiling fans to help manage temperature within the office.
- Using rechargeable batteries.
- Planting an organic heirloom vegetable garden.
- Composting in the garden.
- Using a worm-composting bin to compost office paper and junk mail.
- Reusing just about everything! It seems around here, we can find a 2nd use for most things. In addition, most of our office equipment is second-hand, and most of our furniture is antique!
- Buying local whenever possible.
While these may seem like small things, the MHP is making efforts every day to be good stewards of the earth. Our policy is that every little bit helps.
The September 2007 edition of Backpacker magazine featured a list of easy ways to start cutting carbon.