Earth Day is a great time to think about what you and your family
can do to help preserve and maintain our natural resources. At Diamond Camps we continue to strive to leave less of a "footprint" on the Earth. Some of the steps we take include..
• Recycling all commingled plastics and paper throughout camp
• Using less disposable plastic cups at meals
• Changing standard light bulbs to CFLs
• Installing timers on light switches so we conserve electricity
This year will be creating a new garden at camp full of vegetables and plants. With some hard work and cooperation from mother nature, we'll have our own sustainable garden that will yield a variety of vegetables for our daily salad bar at lunch. Campers will learn about maintaining the garden and will take part to help grow and pick the vegetables and plants during Nature in Lower Camp and in Outdoor Adventure and our new Gardening Minor in Upper Camp.
There are many things that you can do in your own home if you are interested in Going Green.
• Switch to energy efficient light bulbs. CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs and use two-thirds less energy.
• Use Eco-Friendly Shopping Bags instead of plastic bags. Plastic bags take from 400 or 1,000 years to photodegrade and contaminate the soil and water.
• Unplug any electronic equipment when they are not in use. Battery chargers use 40% of their regular running energy when left plugged in or on standby.
• The next time you need to purchase a household appliance, look for one with an energy star label.
• Pay your bills online. You'll save money on postage and cut back on the use of paper and envelopes.
• Switch to cleaning products that are natural and non-toxic such as seventh generation.
If you are interested in learning more information about Going Green, visit these Eco-Friendly websites:
Earth911 - Making every day Earth Day
Eartheasy - Ideas for sustainable living
Ecological Footprint - Find out just how big or small your ecological footprint is
The Daily Green - A consumer's guide to the green revolution
World Watch Institute - A vision for a sustainable world
Simple Organic - sustainable and healthy living for mainstream people.
There are numerous Earth Day events throughout the Philadelphia area this weekend including family friendly things to do at the Philadelphia Zoo, Franklin Institute, and Longwood Gardens. For information, click here.