Monday, October 23, 2017 | By awasserman | Comments Off on Green Your Dental Routine During National Dental Hygiene Month
October is National Dental Hygiene Month! It’s the perfect time to make a few eco-friendly changes to your dental routine that will help keep your teeth clean and healthy while helping to save the environment:
Turn Off the Faucet – By turning off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth, you can save up to 8 gallons of water per day, that’s over 200 gallons a month! Conserving natural resources helps to improve the environment around us.
Do Not Flush Floss – It is important to properly dispose of floss. Non-biodegradable nylon floss cannot dissolve in water and will not break down like other disposable products. When floss is flushed down the toilet, it works its way through the water system and out into the ocean, polluting the water and potentially killing birds, animals and sea-life through accidental ingestion. This is avoidable by simply throwing floss into the garbage. You can also purchase floss packaged in cardboard containers, which helps to reduce plastic waste in our landfills.
Try Silk Floss – Floss creates waste if you’re using a brand that is primarily made of out plastic. A great floss to check out is made by Radius and is made out of 100% natural silk. According to their website the silk is organic and biodegradable. So, floss and then toss (it on the compost pile).
Green Your Toothbrush – This is an incredibly easy change to make because more and more grocery stores are carrying options. Check out this post dedicated to this topic called “Green Your Toothbrush! (And Look Good Doing It)” where you can find some really great info!
Recycle/Reuse Toothbrushes, Packaging, Toothpaste Tubes, Mouthwash Bottles and Floss Containers – It is estimated that 50 million pounds of toothbrushes are thrown into U.S landfills each year. Help clean up the environment by purchasing recyclable toothbrushes. Terracycle and Preserve are two companies that offer eco-friendly options to recycle toothbrushes, packaging, toothpaste tubes, and floss containers. You can also reuse toothbrushes around the house for cleaning appliances, jewelry and even your shoes. Before you toss your toothbrush, try and find a creative way you can use it instead.
Unplug Your Electric Toothbrush Charger – It isn’t necessary to charge your electric toothbrush every day, all day. The average brush lasts several weeks between charges and it is usually easier on the battery to not be charged constantly. Maybe you don’t put your toothbrush back on the charger but leave the charger plugged in? When an electrical item is left plugged in even though it’s turned off, it is still very likely consuming some electricity. So to better safe then sorry, unplug that charger!
Turn Off the Lights – When possible, use natural lighting when brushing your teeth. If this is not an option, you can replace old bulbs with CFL or LED lights to help conserve energy.
Slow Down – Don’t brush so hard and be gentle on your gums. It will make your toothbrush last longer, saving you money and reducing waste.
Leave the Car at Home – If possible, walk or ride your bicycle to your dental appointment.
These small changes to your dental routine can make all the difference in helping to conserve energy and natural resources and help clean up the environment.
Monday, January 2, 2017 | By awasserman | Comments Off on January 1Thing: The Celebration of the Sea Foundation
The Celebration of the Sea Foundation works to inspire, educate and engage people around the world to protect the ocean and its resources. A specific focus of all their initiatives is STREAM (Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Arts & Music) education for children and families.
The Foundation’s programs focus on ways in which each of us can make a positive impact on the environment while placing specific emphasis on the world’s ecological systems. Additionally, emphasis is placed on developing and supporting educational and environmental programs for inner city students and families.
The Celebration of the Sea Foundation is also proud to have developed the World Ocean Watch (WOW) Environmental and Educational Marine Science Program & Eco-Link™ to train students around the world to serve as ambassadors for our planet’s oceans. The Eco-Link Challenge is an open call for students to serve as Eco-Reporters and submit environmentally based Public Service Announcements and short form informational videos to engage and educate the public on critical environmental issues around the world.
“Watch It Don’t Botch It” video produced for the Celebration of the Sea Eco-Link Challenge by brothers Christian Petrisko (age 16), Derek Petrisko (age 14) and Landon Petrisko (age 12):
To promote a sense of global stewardship towards the environment and the living things that inhabit it.
To produce engaging and educational programs for families, teachers and students.
To make the world of science, exploration and the arts exciting and interesting to both children and adults.
To utilize interactive technology and outreach programs to motivate everyone to want to learn about the environment and protect the animals that inhabit it.
To emphasize ENTERTAINMENT, EDUCATION and TECHNOLOGY in the production of the following – all of which promote the theme of community (how all aspects of the environment, including human activity, are intricately related) and all of which strive to motivate people, particularly children, to improve current environmental conditions:
Educational programs and ancillary support materials for classrooms and families.
Live and recorded video content for television and social media networks as well as custom apps and web based interactive broadcasts for schools and family home viewing.
Traveling exhibitions to be showcased at high profile public forums, leading aquariums, maritime centers, museums and entertainment facilities.
Concerts, festivals and special events.
Field expeditions (in-reach/out-reach programs) for students, teachers and families. (Many expeditions have a diving/snorkeling and exploration component).
In order to continue supplying high quality drinking water, WASD has implemented a $13.5 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP), which is the largest of its kind in the history of Miami-Dade County. WASD Director, Lester Sola says, “This program will not only upgrade thousands of miles of aging pipes, pump stations and water and wastewater treatment plants, it will also generate 16,740 new jobs over the next ten years.”
Flint Michigan’s water issues were caused by two main problems. One was the source of the water being provided. The second is the pipes through which that water was delivered. Miami-Dade County’s primary source of all drinking water is the Biscayne Aquifer, which is tested more than two hundred thousand times a year to ensure compliance with federal, state and local drinking water standards. This primary source of drinking water is also used to provide wholesale service to 15 municipalities and unincorporated areas of the County. Miami-Dade County’s water and sewer pipelines need continued maintenance and replacement; all being accomplished under the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). This will ensure the continuous delivery of quality water, increased wastewater service reliability and capacity, and fire protection. At the same time, ensuring the WASD infrastructure considers population growth, sea-level rise, sustainability and resiliency.
Also included in the CIP program is a new management strategy in order to streamline how wastewater is handled in the County. Previously, the majority of the treated wastewater generated by the County was released into the ocean via two outfalls, located about three miles from land. Following the passage of Florida’s 2008 Ocean Outfall legislation, Chapter 2008-232, all outfalls must be closed by 2025, and reuse must increase by sixty percent by the same deadline. This requires WASD to more than double the number of deep injection wells, and the construction of a new 102 million gallons per day wastewater treatment plant.
Miami-Dade Country has so many beautiful resources and attractions. It is important to realize that the value of what surrounds us is as important and reliant on what we accept into our bodies. This plan involves an investment, but it insures our community, environment and population’s health for years to come. The people of Flint learned the hard way that clean water is a bill well worth paying.
To learn more about the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Capital Improvement Program visit the department’s website and make sure to follow @miamidadewater on Twitter.