17 Ways to Pursue Sustainability in 2017

Make a personal promise to yourself and the planet to pursue a more sustainable lifestyle this year. Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has compiled a list of 17 ways you can be more earth-friendly in 2017…

  1. Carpool to School or Work – According to MIT research, vehicular traffic is “one of the greatest challenges facing cities all over the world.” In a study of the 83 largest urban areas in the United States, it was found that traffic not only results in a waste of time, but also in fuel – to the tune of some $60 billion dollars’ worth. In addition, the World Health Organization estimates that more than one million deaths each year are attributed to air pollution, of which vehicular traffic is a major contributor. Consider carpooling to school or work to do your part to cut down on traffic congestion and air pollution. Transit is another excellent solution!
  2. Make Sure Your School is a Green & Healthy School – Many Gwinnett County Public Schools have received the esteemed Green & Healthy School designation. If your school isn’t on the list, research the steps necessary to become one and pass them along. Learn More!
  3. Bookmark the Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Website – In addition to serving as an excellent resource for helpful blogs just like this one, our website also lists places where you can recycle items that are not acceptable for curbside pickup, volunteer opportunities throughout the year, valuable sustainability tips for home and work, and so much more. Bookmark us at https://www.gwinnettcb.org/ and make a point to visit often!
  4. Do Your Part to Prevent Litter – It isn’t enough to simply take personal steps to not be a “litterbug”. We all need to work together to prevent litter from happening in the first place. You can also report to Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful specific roadways that could benefit from a cleanup.
  5. Connect with Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful on our Social Sites – Be sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for photos from recent events, reminders of upcoming events, and great ideas from other organizations, just to name a few. You can find us on Facebook and connect with us on Twitter.
  6. Become a Stormwater Protector – By becoming a stormwater protector, you commit to spray painting storm drains with the message “No Dumping. Leads to Streams.” to educate the public that anything they dump in storm drains could wind up in their local stream and eventually even the ocean. Learn more!
  7. Subscribe to the Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful E-Newsletter – If you believe an email might serve you as the best reminder of upcoming events and resource for sustainability tips, our quick-read newsletters are the ideal fit for you! Subscribing only takes a minute: http://bit.ly/2jvZsn4.
  8. Adopt-A-Road or Stream – To protect the beauty of our community and the health of the environment it encompasses, we offer two programs – one that involves keeping roadways clean and beautiful: Adopt-A-Road and another that keeps our streams clean and healthy: Adopt-A-Stream.
  9. Buy Recycled Products – To help support the viability of recycling, purchase products that are made from recycled materials. From greeting cards to clothing, this list is growing every day.
  10. Support Local Farmers – By shopping farmers markets and dining at restaurants that boast locally sourced meats and produce, you’ll be doing your part to support farms throughout our area.
  11. Register for a Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Event – We regularly schedule recycling and cleanup events throughout this great county we call home. We all share in the responsibility to keep her clean and beautiful. Events throughout the year include America Recycles Day, Great American Cleanup, Great Gwinnett Wetlands, Bring One for the Chipper, Great Days of Service and more.
  12. Report Graffiti – Graffiti not only harms the natural beauty of our community, but it can also potentially impact property values. Contact us to report graffiti near you.
  13. Stop Handbills – The distribution of handbills is illegal in Gwinnett County to homes and businesses that carry the No Handbills decal. Complete our “No Handbills” Decal request form for your own mailbox.
  14. Donate to GCB – Every donation to our nonprofit organization – no matter how big or small – is greatly appreciated and helps supports our programs: Donate Now!
  15. Start a Compost Pile or Bin – By composting items like dead leaves, grass clippings, coffee grounds, waste from fruit and veggies, and other organic materials, you can create your own nutrient-rich fertilizer and keep these items from taking up space in our local landfill.
  16. Recycle at Work – If your office doesn’t currently support a recycling program, lead the charge to becoming more eco-friendly at work. Learn more about recycling at work.
  17. Recycle at Home – We’ve saved the best for last! By simply recycling paper goods, cardboard, plastics and more, you are doing a world of good for the world we all share. Learn more about recycling at home.