After working on our first "green" conference and having responsibility for implementing some of AAACN's new "green" initiatives, I have become even more aware of all of the ways I may be polluting the planet. Because of our efforts to print as little as possible for the conference and other initiatives we have implemented recently (sending renewal notices via e-mail, having members print membership cards online), I have been paying more attention to everything I discard, how much water and electricity I waste, and how many e-mails I print for which I don't need a paper copy! A recent television report illustrated for me some small things I can do each day to limit pollution, just with my lunch, such as:
- Carrying my lunch in an insulated lunch bag instead of in a plastic or paper bag that I would throw away each day. Your eco-friendly bag from the conference is just the right size for your lunch!
- Placing my food in reusable containers rather than using plastic wrap, foil, or wax paper.
- Using a cloth napkin instead of a paper napkin.
- Bringing a drink in a reusable container rather than in a can or plastic bottle.
I have also purchased several reusable grocery bags to carry my food purchases home. Although, I must admit, I have a problem remembering to take them into the store each time I shop! Hopefully AAACN's going green initiative has made you think a little more about what you can do to ensure the earth and our resources will make the lives of our future generations as good as what we have today!
AAACN Director of Association Services