If you don’t already know Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd. This is a great time to start doing your part to keep this world a beautiful place for the many generations ahead of us. It’s important that we all do our part, and that is why Cox Enterprises started Cox Conserves in 2007, as a way they can reduce their carbon footprint by 20%. The program engages each of the companies major subsidiaries including Cox Communications, Manheim, Cox Media Group and AutoTrader.com and also encourages it’s over 50,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices.
Cox Conserves does several things to make their companies more green. Below are just a few of the things that Cox Conserves has been doing for the past 5 years in order to conserve more energy, reduce waste, and do their part for our Earth.
Alternative Energy: Cox actively identifies opportunities to harness solar energy and empty fuel cell technology, annually preventing more than 17,400 tons of greenhouse gases from entering the environment through it’s alternate energy projects.
Energy Conservation: Across Cox enterprises, programs are in place to conserve energy, including producing alternative energy, constructing eco-friendly buildings, greening the company fleet, conserving resources and recycling materials.
Waste Management: Cox Enterprises employs a holistic approach to waste management including waste reduction, strategic partnerships for e-waste and customer engagement. Since 2007 more than 580 TONS of material have been recycled at Cox’s corporate headquarters. By offering their e-waste recycling program they have also diverted an estimated 1.8 millions pounds of e-waste from landfills every year.
Water Conservation: Cox’s water conservation efforts save more than 20 million gallons of water annually and return high quality reusable water to the community. This is accomplished through water conservation centers, motion-sensor faucets and well water landscaping.
Eco-Friendly Fleet: With more than 12,00 vehicles, Cox Enterprises has one of the nation’s largest fleets. Cox embraces eco-friendly vehicles and uses technology such as GPS Fleet Management Solutions to lesson it’s impact on the environment.
Cox Conserves is doing many different things throughout many of the US States. For instance in Arizona Project TWIG began in 2008 as an effort to recycle waste that would otherwise wind up in trashcans and landfills. Project TWIG collects materials and sells them to recycling companies in return for cash. The proceeds are given to local charities and help fund grants for youth. To date Project TWIG has donated more than 39,000! They also have a free standing canopy solar installation and won the 207 International Citrix Innovation Award for it’s green call center program. Go Cox Arizona!
My family and I have been trying to live a greener life for the past few years. There are many things that you can do to help save energy and help the environment and Earth Day is a great time to get started. Here are some easy tips and things you can do to right in your own home. Not only are these things good for the Earth and environment but they can also save you a little bit of money.
1. Recycle Soda Cans-My husband and I have a little addiction to soda and after awhile I started to realize that we were throwing away a lot of cans so I put a trash bag in the laundry room and now we collect all aluminum cans to be recycled. There is a local plant that pays 50 cents a pound so not only are we helping out the environment by not sending these recyclables to the landfill but we can spend that money one more soda.
2. Turning of the light when your not in the room.-This one is something that everyone in the family can do even your little ones. Start teaching them young to switch the light off as soon as they leave the room.
3. Unplug your appliances when not in use.-Most of us will leave our toasters, can openers, etc. plugged in on the counter even when they are not in use. Did you know that these appliances still use electricity even though your not using them. We did an experiment a few years ago and unplugged everything in the house and only plugged it in when it was being used. This included the computer, TV and all kitchen appliances. Yes it took a little more work but we noticed about a $30 drop in our bill in just one month.
4. Donate old toys, clothes and books to a local charity.- Chances are someone could really use your old stuff, so instead of throwing it in the trash so it can be taken to the dump, give it to someone in need. It’s even tax deductible.
5. Go Paperless!- Companies like Cox Communications offer paperless billing, so you can receive your bill through your email or if you have online billing through your bank you can have your bill sent straight to you there. I am a Cox communications subscriber and love their paperless billing system. It’s easy, fast and convenient.
These are just a few of the things that our family does to help do our part for the environment. I encourage you to get active and find out things you can do to help with the environment. For more ideas and information visit www.coxconserves.com. You can also follow Cox Communications on Twitter@cox_comm , Facebook and also be sure to check out their Youtube page.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I was compensated for my time to share this information. However all opinions expressed are strictly my own and not influences in any way.