County Employees Demonstrate Efforts to Go Green
Broward County Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division held a special contest in June to find the top “Air Quality Awareness Employees of the Month” and encouraged employees to write about what they were doing to be more air aware.
|Shelly Turetzky||Ilse Lampner|
Turetzky wrote, “I have a 50-mile commute each day and last month gave up my premium gas guzzler for a hybrid car. Now I purchase regular gas every two weeks, drive in the HOV lane and enjoy a better commute. I’m very happy and so is the environment! I’ve also changed my habits with mobile device rechargers. I no longer let rechargers sit in the outlet unattached to a charging device. Now that I understand how rechargers act as vampires of electrical power, I never leave the recharger in the wall. Last, I am a convert to reusable shopping bags. No longer do I shop at Publix and exit with plastic bags. I have a permanent stash of cloth bags that I empty and keep in my trunk.”
Isle wrote “I am contributing to cleaner air by bicycling to work every day. My commute is 6.8 miles one way – it takes me about 40-45 minutes each way to get to work. I have been doing this for more than three years now, and the benefits are not only for myself – I am in excellent health – but this is also a great way to keep Broward beautiful. Before I started biking, I had many health issues like rheumatoid arthritis, pain in my back and knees, weight gain etc. Now, after three years, I enjoy my bike ride every day, it is my way of winding down after work, getting my exercise and feeling good about the environment. Please spread the word – biking is like a miracle drug – it really works!”
Both winners received promotional giveaway items including climate change books, solar flashlights, Frisbees and other prizes made from recycled material.
Visit broward.org/gogreen to read about how other County employees are incorporating green practices in their day-to-day routine at work and home.