Green Minute Collection
Adding a "Green Minute" to your staff meeting can be an effective and simple learning tool in the office. Many Green Teams have already created a "Green Minute" for their staff meetings as a way to share sustainability tips with co-workers.

Green Minutes can include general tips on topics such as reducing clutter in your home or office, or they can be fun and seasonal. For example, August tips could focus on where and why to buy reused school supplies, while December tips could focus on ways to reduce holiday party waste or how to give sustainable gifts.

If your team does something similar, help us share these tips across Green Teams by submitting them to this form. We will create a master list that all Green Teams can contribute to and use for their own Green Minutes. 

Ex1:  " Residential LEDs, especially ENERGY STAR rated products, use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting."  -

Ex2: "An  Outreach colleague reported having a "great experience" using Glyde to recycle/sell their old phone. 'You put your phone up for sale and when it  sells, Glyde sends you a shipping kit for free. They deposit the money directly into your account.'" - Outreach Green Minute, Jan. 2015
This fall the University Libraries' Green Team, the Green Committee, hosted an informative game as part of the Libraries' Open House activities: a recycling sorting station. This gamification of an everyday task turned out to be a fun conversation-starter and a way to help new students and others understand the high priority Penn State places on sustainability.

Did you know that, according to the USDA, the average U.S. individual throws out close to 290 pounds of food per year? Or that an average American family of four wastes $1,500 of food per year?
The holidays, times in which many of us eat (and throw away) in excess, provides us with a good opportunity to think about the impacts of our food waste. The USDA estimates that "reducing food losses by just 15 percent would provide enough food for more than 25 million Americans every year, helping to sharply reduce incidences of food insecurity for millions."

This article by Ensia provides a comprehensive background on the many issues of food waste, as well as links to several good resources we can use to reduce our own food waste at home, during the holidays and beyond.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides quick links to informational resources about food waste, tools for measuring food waste and quick tips for consumers to reduce food waste at home.

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An interesting video by the World Wildlife Fund offering us a new way to look at, and possibly better appreciate, our food.

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Möbius Email Templates - "When to Recycle, Compost or Trash Cups & Plates"

Did you know that there are now clear compostable cups that resemble plastic and that not all paper plates are compostable? Check out these email templates to learn how to easily identify the differences and then tweak them to share with your coworkers.

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How Much Water Do You Waste When You Throw Away Food?

Food waste means water waste. With the holidays approaching,
we can all take steps to help cut down on both. Read on for the
steps you can take and the impact on water use you can make.

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