I don’t think I realized how important conserving our natural resources, reducing our carbon footprints, and taking simple actions to help reduce overall waste was to our planet until after I had my son.
I know that sounds a bit naive of me, but realizing that I was directly impacting the planet with actions and choices I made seemed a whole lot more important when I realized that what I do today will impact my son and other children tomorrow.
It is because of this that I get genuinely excited to hear that a company I use is making big strides to reduce their waste and make changes that will help improve the lifestyles of those growing up today.
Cox Communications is my cable provider, and they are making some big efforts to help reduce their carbon footprint. In fact this year they are celebrating 5 years of the Cox Conserves program. I am proud to read about all the efforts they have made and continue to make. Bravo Cox Communications on 5 awesome years with Cox Conserves!
About Cox Conserves
Launched in 2007, Cox Conserves is the company’s national sustainability program that is designed to reduce Cox Enterprises’ carbon footprint by 20 percent. Cox Conserves seeks to reduce Cox Enterprises’ energy consumption by embracing alternative energy, conserving natural resources and inspiring eco-friendly behavior. The program engages each of the company’s major subsidiaries (Cox Communications, Manheim, Cox Media Group and AutoTrader.com) and encourages Cox Enterprises’ more than 50,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices. For more information, visit: http://www.coxconserves.com/
Cox Conserves Green Initiatives
- Alternative Energy: Cox actively identifies opportunities to harness solar energy and employ fuel cell technology, annually preventing more than 17,400 tons of greenhouse gases from entering the environment through its alternative energy projects.
- Energy Conservation: Across Cox Enterprises, programs are in place to conserve energy, including producing alternative energy, constructing eco-friendly buildings, greening the company fleet, conserving resources and recycling materials.
- Waste Management: Cox Enterprises employs a holistic approach to waste management including waste reduction, strategic partnerships for e-waste and customer engagement.
- Water Conservation: Cox’s water conservation efforts save more than 20 million gallons of water annually and return high-quality reusable water to the community. This is accomplished through water conservation centers, motion-sensor faucets and well-water landscaping, among other programs. Cox also partners with groups such as American Rivers and the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to help preserve valuable water resources and participate in river cleanup projects.
- Eco-friendly Fleet: With more than 12,000 vehicles, Cox Enterprises has one of the nation’s largest fleets. Cox embraces eco-friendly vehicles and uses technology such GPS Fleet Management Solutions to lessen its impact on the environment. Commuter programs and green call centers encourage employees to make a difference.
What Cox Conserves is doing in Las Vegas
This year, Cox participated in Earth Hour Las Vegas, an event where Las Vegas shut off its lights in solidarity with more than 4,000 cities in 120 countries to emphasize the importance of energy conservation.
Cox in Las Vegas also promotes paper shredding, electronics recycling and holiday tree recycling. In fact, last year, they collected eight pallets or 425 cubic feet worth of electronic waste at a Las Vegas recycling event.
Celebrate Earth Day by making changes at home
- Have your family establish one day each week as Energy Savers Day. Turn off TVs, computers, video games and any other electronic gadgets. Use the time to read or play games.
- BYOB – Bring your own bag to the store.
- Use distilled white vinegar in place of chlorine-based cleaners. Distilled white vinegar contains about 5 percent acetic acid, which makes it a great stain remover.
- Reduce your junk mail stream by joining a no-send list.
- Unplug unused appliances. Electronics use 40% of their full running power when left on standby. Annually, this translates into an energy loss equivalent to the output of 26 power plants.
- Bike to the park instead of driving.
How do you plan to spend your Earth Day?
Disclosure: I wrote this post while participating in a blog campaign conducted by Everywhere Society on behalf of Cox Communications. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program. All my thoughts and opinions are my own.
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