Week 7 Actions

Save Water

As businesses and services begin to open, there are actions we can all take to support the environment.  One of those actions is cleaning out all the old chemicals collecting at home.  For those in Riley County, click here for current information on dropping off those household hazardous waste materials.  For those in Pottawatomie County, click here.  If you are in another county, a quick google search for Household Hazardous Waste and the name of your county will get you to the information needed.  Don’t forget to get a picture and share it using #SunsetZoo5050.

Change a "Throw Away" Habit

We are nearing the official end of spring, but you can still do a little spring cleaning.  When you’re done, don’t throw away all the items you no longer want or need.  Take them to a local organization that accepts donations.  This helps the environment and other families.  While you’re at it, share your photo using #SunsetZoo5050.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

You can help the environment and save energy costs at the same time by switching your light bulbs.  Visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s website to learn more about the different types of lighting and how you can accomplish this challenge.  Don’t forget to use #SunsetZoo5050 to share photos of changing out your light bulbs.

Support Wildlife

Bird collisions are a real issue, especially for migratory birds.  Everyone can help lower the risk to birds by putting up bird strike decals on their windows.  Decals are just one way to help, however.  There are several steps you can take.  Check out this resource by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and this resource from Audubon International for more information on preventing bird collisions, and post your efforts using #SunsetZoo5050.

Our Purchasing Power

Responsible action is key in protecting wildlife and wild places.  Paper products impact so much of what we do every day, and it is one area we can have a real impact.  To engage in this impact, commit to only purchasing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified products.  You can learn more about FSC from their website.  When possible, take this action to the next level and recycle your paper products so they stay out of the landfill.  Post your FSC certified products using #SunsetZoo5050.