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What to Do to Help the Earth This Weekend

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Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day, so it’s time to show the Earth some love. Here are some simple things you can do to help our planet:

Ways to Save Water:

  • Don’t let your automatic ice maker run constantly.
  • Install low-flow devices.
  • Water plants in the morning or evening when the least amount of evaporation is likely to occur.
  • Use your garbage disposal less. Purchase a sink strainer instead to trap food and other debris, or consider composting.
  • Wash full loads to conserve both water and energy.
  • Trust in the power of your dishwasher and stop pre-rinsing.
  • Install a spray nozzle to stop water from continuously running.
  • Check for and fix leaks.

Ways to be Sustainable:

  • Plant a tree.
  • Eat less meat.
  • Stop buying disposable plastic items.
  • Make your own garden or buy more locally-grown produce.
  • Go paperless.
  • Invest in solar powered gadgets.
  • Try carpooling, walking, or biking to work.

Ways to Get Involved:

 

 

Blaze New Trails With Zimride

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Zimride has partnered with the National Park Foundation this month to help people "Blaze New Trails" nationwide.

During the month of April, Zimride (a rideshare matching service) will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation's Active Trails Program for every new Zimride member or new carpool ride, up to $10,000. On top of that, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation will match Zimride's contributions dollar for dollar, which means the National Park Foundation could receive as much as $20,000!

Get involved this Earth Month and join Zimride or post a new ride for a good cause.

The Active Trails Program advocates healthy lifestyles while simultaneously protecting and enhancing precious land and water trail resources. ZIM_NPF_H03504_11x17 FINAL

Celebrate Earth Month With These Campus & Local Events!

Green Globe On Moss - Envinronmental Concept

Green Globe On Moss - Envinronmental ConceptWe think every month should be Earth Month, and that we should always do what we can to protect this environment we live in.

This month in particular, however, is chock-full of activities on campus and in the community to celebrate our beautiful planet. This year's Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22.

Check out the list of upcoming events:

Professionals in Environmental Sustainability Roundtable
April 12, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355

Steering Connected and Automated Mobility in the Right Direction: The 10th Annual UCLA Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment
April 13, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Earth Day calligraphy on watercolor background
California Endowment, Downtown

Energy Innovation Conference
April 14, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

BioBlitz 2017 at UCLA
April 14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Nest at Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Profit and Social Goods
April 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Environmental Health Sustainability Fair
April 17, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kerckhoff Grand Salon

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Impact Across Careers
April 18, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Green Screens Film Festival: The Age of Consequences
April 18, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
James Briges Theater

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Designing Inclusive Systems
April 19, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Sixth Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards
April 19, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Moss Theater at New Roads School
Santa Monica

Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo
April 20, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Downey

E3's Earth Day Fair at UCLA
April 20, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Dickson Plaza

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Investing for Impact
April 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Green Screen Films Festival: Death by Design
April 20, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
James Bridges Theater

Climate Day LA
April 21, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Theater at Ace Hotel, Downtown

Green Screen Film Festival: Gatekeepers of the Art
April 21, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Patagonia, Santa Monica

Our National Parks at 100: Confronting Change & Committing to Science
April 23, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Elkins Auditorium, Pepperdine University

E3'S Earth Month Speaking Panel
April 26, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
De Neve Plaza Room A/B

LA Business Council Annual Sustainability Summit
April 28, 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center

UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative 2017 Celebration #DreamRevolution
May 4, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunset Canyon Living Ampitheater

Green Gala
May 24, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Carnesale Commons: Palisades Ballroom

 

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5 Ways to Green Your Commute for Earth Day

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What are you doing to make this planet a safer and greener place on April 22nd? With Earth Day rapidly approaching, what better way to celebrate than by playing your part in making Earth a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all.

We've compiled a list of things we city folk can do to give back to this planet we call home year round. Go big or go home, right? Don’t be alarmed though: We promise this list does not require for you to get your fingernails dirty or your shoes wet.

Here are 5 simple ways you can green up your commute:

  1. Go Electric. Electric vehicles are a man’s best friend. Yes, even above our own furry friends. These electricity-powered vehicles are able to transfer up to 80% of the energy stored in their small but mighty car batteries, unlike gas-powered vehicles that can only use about 14-26% of the total energy. And even better, electric vehicles emit 0 kg of CO2. Find your nearest EV dealer.
  1. Try an E-Bike. With so many shops here in LA solely dedicated to the sale and repair ofelectric and folding bikes, the time has never been better to try out your very own e-bike! With a brilliant combination of electric power and one's actual manpower, these bad boys will help you get in good shape for this summer—all while helping you do your part in reducing traffic congestion and air pollution. Check out LA’s very first electric bike shop.
  1. Drive at the Speed Limit. Yes, I know this one may sound like something we’ve all heard a million times, but there is a lot more riding on this law than just the safety of you and those around you. Driving the speed limit can actually reduce fuel consumption by 10% and can reduce GHG emissions by 0.12 tonnes per year! Now that sounds like a law worth following!
  1. Service your vehicle regularly. Truth is, many of the negative effects that come with driving our vehicles can be diminished with something as easy as checking your tires before work. Driving with one tire under-inflated by 20% can result in the consumption of approximately two weeks more fuel per year, which not only reduces your vehicle’s tire’s life by six to nine months, but also increases your vehicle’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. Even things like replacing clogged air filters in your vehicle can improve fuel economy and reduce GHG emissions greatly. So what are you waiting for? Show your car the love it deserves!
  1. Scoot, Blade, & Skate. Tired of the usual bike commute? Why not try utilizing other inexpensive ways to get from point A to point B such as rollerblading, riding a scooter or skateboarding!
    • Rollerblading’s increased popularity has captured the interests of many California natives. Plus, it has been proven to quickly improve your fitness and cardiovascular health while helping you avoid that heavy carbon footprint.
    • Skateboarding may not seem to be for the faint hearted, but studies have actually determined it to be a relatively safe sport in terms of injuries sustained. Join the other 11 million participants worldwide who have made skateboarding their own unique way of giving back to planet Earth! Also, don’t forget to join Go Skateboard Day on June 21, 2016, by skateboarding to work or school!
    • Scooters are a very inexpensive way to get to your destination. They are also gaining some real traction as an alternate means of travel for people of all ages. Additionally, they come in a huge range cool colors and sizes. I mean, what else could you possibly ask for?