UT Dallas Environmental Expert Urges Green Behavior for Thanksgiving
November 21, 2011
With Thanksgiving and winter celebrations just around the corner, employees can help their workplaces save energy and enjoy an Earth-friendly holiday season, says UT Dallas Sustainability Manager Thea Junt.
While computers, copiers, microwaves and coffee makers may not be powered on or in use, they still use energy.
“Before you leave work for Thanksgiving, or any holiday break, remember: turn off before you take off,” Junt says. “Turn off all lights, unplug electronics and appliances and roll back the thermostats.”
For a greener Thanksgiving at home, Junt offers the following tips:
· Go local. Buy fresh foods from your area. You not only get in-season fruits and vegetables, but you also are supporting your local economy.
· Recycle grease. Never pour turkey grease down the kitchen drain or neighborhood storm drains. Neither drainage system is equipped to dispose of this waste, and improper disposal often results in back-ups and holiday headaches. Instead, look for post-holiday recycling events in your community and recycle your grease.
· Use real dishware, flatware and glassware. Disposable items can harm the environment.
She also says to select the right-sized bird for your holiday crowd and remember that turkey leftovers are only good for three days. Buy reusable containers and send leftovers home with guests to help reduce food waste.
About UT Dallas:
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 19,000 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The University offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UT Dallas, please visit the University’s website at www.utdallas.edu.