13 Easy Ways to Live Earth Day, Every Day

Make Earth Day a lifestyle. With a few easy lifestyle changes, you can help make our planet a little greener.

In honor of Earth Day, we asked a multidisciplined group of SEH specialists – engineers, architects, planners and scientists – to share tips to help preserve the planet. Here are some easy things you can do every day to make Earth Day a lifestyle. Because if we all work together, we can help make this world a better place, one simple change at a time.

Drink tap water, not bottled water

Nearly 90% of water bottles are not recycled, plus standards for tap water are more stringent than standards for bottled water.
— Jana Nyhagen, Drinking Water Engineer (IA, IN, MN, ND, SD, WI)

Give your home or office a "green" makeover

Buy energy-efficient light bulbs or install solar panels on your roof.
— Keith Kindred, Regional Survey Leader

Turn the faucet off

You could save up to eight gallons of water a day just by shutting off the faucet when brushing your teeth.
— Jason Sprague, Business Development Manager

Compost Food Waste

Do your part to divert waste from landfills! The most recent state-wide waste study conducted in Minnesota determined that nearly one-third of the waste going to landfills is food waste. During April and May, the Recycling Association of Minnesota hosts their Compost Bins and Rain Barrels sales with pick-up locations all across the state. Click here for a comprehensive state-by-state directory of recycling organizations.
— Melanie Niday, Solid Waste Scientist

Pay your bills online

Switching from paper to electronic bills can save 23 pounds of wood (or 16.5 million trees) and lower four billion tons of greenhouse gases per household every year.
— Alizabeth McJames, Billing Supervisor

Leave your car at home

Replace at least one car trip a week with a bike trip (work, store, post office, etc.) and set milestones to increase this over time. Biking saves about a pound of CO2 per mile over driving. Plus it's fun and good for you!
— Heather Kienitz, Traffic Engineer (MN)

Digitize your documents

Scan documents and save them in an electronic folder.
— Quinette Hotchkin, Records Coordinator

Collect rainwater

Invest in a rainwater collection system to clean or water plants.
— Natalie White, Wetland Scientist

Take a shower, not a bath

Baths require nearly twice as much water.
— Brad Weiss, Water Engineer (MN, VA)

Go for a hike

The best way to celebrate the Earth is to explore it. Find your nearest park or trail and go for a walk.
Scott Jardine, Civil Engineer (CO)

Organize a cleanup effort

Volunteer to keep a section of highway or park free from litter.
— Mandy Oeltjen, Administrative Assistant

Wash clothes in cold water

About 90% of the energy your washing machine uses goes towards heating the water.
— Steve Peterson, Wastewater Engineer (KY, WI)

Recycle old electronics

Phones, computers and other electronics can be brought to special centers in your area or donated.
— Tracy Marquardt, Information Technology Specialist

See our Sustainability Plan.

Embedding sustainability in all we do is a key aspect of living our purpose of Building a Better World for All of Us®
Dave Ott, SEH CEO/President


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