Why Sustainability is Important
Sustainability is the cornerstone of the environmental ethic. It means putting the environment first in everything we do by making educated choices to reduce energy consumption, water consumption, and our carbon footprint. Through reducing, recycling, and reusing, we are placing less of a burden on the environment and our natural resources. When we reduce our paper use and reuse our paper, it means that fewer trees will be cut down to make paper products. By investing in energy efficient lightbulbs and appliances we use less electricity, which means fewer fossil fuels that contribute to climate change will be burned to produce electricity. From recycling to responsible lawn care to working from home, APCC is doing everything we can to operate with the least environmental impact.
What We’re Doing to Reduce Our Impact
Reduce: We make strides to reduce paper use in the office by only printing when necessary, reduce our water use with our rain barrels, and reduce our waste by recycling.
Recycle: We recycle everything we can at the Dennis Transfer Station, and have a goal of zero waste by the end of 2016.
Reuse: We use recycled and second-hand paper products, lawncare tools, and we package our food in reusable containers.
Rain Barrels: We have installed 3 rain barrels on our property to catch the rain and use it to water our plants, rather than using drinkable water.
Porous Pavement: We installed porous pavement on our property, which allows rainwater to drain through and creates less stormwater runoff that carries harmful pollutants into our rivers, streams, ponds, and the ocean.
Composting: We compost all of our compostable food waste on-site in our anaerobic digester.
Planting Native: We have planted native plants in our garden that require less water and provide beneficial ecosystem services such as habitat and water filtration.
Energy Efficiency: We use energy-efficient lightbulbs and appliances, and we only turn on our lights and computers when we’re using them.
Working from Home: We try to work from home as often as we can, cutting down on our cars’ CO2 emissions from commuting.
What We Have Planned
Solar Panels: We plan on installing solar panels on our barn once it is renovated that will provide enough energy to power our entire property.
Green Roof: We plan on turning the roof of our shed into a green roof that can absorb rainwater and grow native plants that create habitat for wildlife.
Rain Garden: We are in the process of installing our rain garden which will help absorb rainwater and create habitat for pollinators.
Helpful Resources to Live More Sustainably: Here is a list of helpful resources to help you start living more sustainably at home or at the office!