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					                                               2010
                                               Clean Air Calendar




Serving Island, Skagit & Whatcom Counties
                           1600 South Second Street
                           Mount Vernon, WA 98273-5202
                           ph 360.428.1617
                           tel 800.622.4627
                           fax 360.428.1620

                           www.nwcleanair.org




 What’s Inside:               January:          New Year’s Resolution                            July:        On the Road to a Cleaner Future
                              February:         Can You Make a Difference?                       August:      Try the 100 Mile Diet
                              March:            Chill Out!                                       September:   Dumping on Garbage
                              April:            No-Idle Zones—It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air      October:     Eat Locally this Holiday Season
                              May:              Water Conservation                               November:    Light Up this Holiday Season with Energy Efficient Lights
                              June:             Energy-Saving Tips for Warm Weather              December:    Business Guide to U.S. EPA Climate Partnership Programs



This calendar was printed on acid free, 100% post-consumer recycled paper with soy-based inks.                Calendar Design: Pivot Lab (www. pivotlab.com)
                         Director’s Message                                                                                         Who We Are:
                          The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report provided                  The Northwest Clean Air Agency (NWCAA) is one of seven regional air
                          the world with conclusive proof that humans are altering the climate. It also outlined a range            quality control agencies located throughout Washington State. It was
                                                                                                                                    established in 1967 after passage of the Washington State Clean Air Act
                          of sobering impact scenarios, such as sea-level rise and extreme weather events, as well as the
                                                                                                                                    (RCW 70.94). The Agency is responsible for enforcing federal, state and
                          resulting implications for agricultural production, human health, and the marine food chain.              local air pollution regulations in Island, Skagit and Whatcom counties.
                                                                                                                                    There are about 400 registered sources of air pollution ranging from
                         A wealth of peer-reviewed research published by researchers and institutions since 2006 indicates
                                                                                                                                    large refineries to spray booths in the NWCAA’s jurisdiction.
that ever more rapid environmental change is underway with the pace and the scale of climate change accelerating, along
with the confidence among researchers in their forecasts. An analysis of the very latest, peer-reviewed science indicates           For over 40 years, it has been the agency’s job to ensure that people in
                                                                                                                                    our region have clean air to breathe. This is accomplished through the
that many predictions at the “upper end” of the IPCC’s forecasts are becoming more likely.
                                                                                                                                    following programs and services:
In response, 2009 has brought new federal and state regulations that deal with greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA has                Air Quality Complaints           Heating with Wood
issued a Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule. The rule requires reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions                Asbestos                         Indoor Air Quality
from large sources and suppliers in the United States. The Washington State Department of Ecology is also developing a              Business Assistance              Public Information
similar rule in order to establish a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington State. Both rules            Climate Change                   Permitting
                                                                                                                                    Outdoor Burning/Burn Bans
are intended to collect accurate and timely emissions data to inform future policy decisions.
                                                                                                                                    For more information about these and other services, please visit us
In addition, the EPA has promulgated a National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for area                    on the web at www.nwcleanair.org.
sources engaged in paint stripping, surface coating of motor vehicles and mobile equipment, and miscellaneous surface
coating operations.                                                                                                                 Board of Directors:
                                                                                                                                    The Northwest Clean Air Agency’s seven-member Board of Directors
These and other upcoming rules will keep our Agency busy in protecting our air quality.                                             establishes policies and oversees agency operations. The Board
                                                                                                                                    is comprised of a representative from each of the three counties,
This 2010 calendar highlights some ways you can get involved and reduce your carbon footprint. We all need to work
                                                                                                                                    a representative from the largest city in each county—Bellingham,
together to address climate change. We hope you will find these tips informative and will provide us with feedback so               Mount Vernon and Oak Harbor—and a Member-at-Large selected
we may serve you even better. Thank you.                                                                                            by the other six members. The Board of Directors is currently
                                                                                                                                    comprised of the following individuals:

                                                                                                                                    Laurie Caskey-Schreiber—Whatcom County Councilperson
                                                                                                                                    Sharon Dillon—Skagit County Commissioner
                                                                            Mark Asmundson
                                                                            Director                                                Angie Homola—Island County Commissioner
                                                                                                                                    Joe Lindquist—City of Mount Vernon
                                                                                                                                    Terryl Nyman—Member-at-Large
                                                                                                                                    Cathy Rosen—City of Oak Harbor
                                   Registration Fees: 8%
                                                                                                                                    David Webster—City of Bellingham

                                          Program/Service Fees: 5%                                                                 Advisory Council:
                                                                            Funding:                                                The Advisory Council consists of ten members who live in Island, Skagit
                                                                                                                                    or Whatcom County. Advisory Council members are appointed by the
                                                                            The majority of our funding comes from permit and       Board of Directors. They are skilled and experienced in the fields of air
      Air Operating                           Federal & State Grants: 9%
    Permit Fees: 63%                                                        registration fees of regulated sources. Other sources   pollution control, chemistry, meteorology, public health, or a related field.
                                                                            of funding include state and federal grants, local      The NWCAA’s Advisory Council consists of the following members:
                                                                            assessments (35 cents per person per year), and
                                             Per Capita Fees: 5%
                                                                            fees charged for various programs and services.         Bill Black            Polly Dubbel              Jeremy Martens
                                                                                                                                    Steven Crockett       Kathryn Hanowell          Satpal Sidhu
                                       Penalties: 9%
                                                                                                                                    Anne David            Mary Hess
                                 Other Fees & Income: 1%
                                                                                                                                    Kim Drury             Stephen Kelley
      Fiscal Year 2010 budget




About the Photographer:                                                                                                              Photo Locations:
                         Linford “Sonny” Richardson has been a local photographer for more than eighteen years                       Cover:         Cascade Mountains, photographed from a float boat
                         concentrating his work primarily in the Western Washington area. Before retiring, he owned                                 on Skagit River near Rockport, WA
                         Richardson Photography and Photo Note Cards by Richardson. His photo note cards are still                   January:       Mount Baker photographed from Hwy 9 and West Big
                         sold through Elizabeth Cottage by the Sea in Anacortes and Thrive Health Club and have                                     Lake Boulevard, Big Lake, WA
                         been published in Shutterbug Magazine.                                                                      February:      Photographed from a float boat, North Skagit River
                                                                                                                                                    near Rockport, WA
                         Although his first love is landscape, his photographic experiences include event, macro, wildlife,
                         portrait and pet photography.                                                                               March:         Meerkerk Gardens, 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank,
                                                                                                                                                    WA (Whidbey Island)
Currently, besides his personal pursuit of photographic interests, he is the official photographer for the Burlington
                                                                                                                                     April:         Tulip fields, Best Road and Calhoun Road, La Conner, WA
Senior Center, Grace Christian Fellowship and the Skagit Classic Boat Club.
                                                                                                                                     May:           Field of Dandelions, French Road, Mount Vernon, WA
Sonny Richardson
                                                                                                                                     June:          Nooksack Falls, Mount Baker Hwy, Rt 542, WA
360.305.0323
                                                                                                                                     July:          Full moon over Little Mountain, west of Hwy 9,
picasaweb.google.com/richardson.photogallery/SonnySPortfolio                                                                                        near Big Lake, WA
                                                                                                                                     August:        Mount Shuksan after first snow, photographed from
                                                                                                                                                    Picture Lake, Mount Baker, WA
                                                                                                                                     September: Migrating snow geese, Fir Island, between Conway
                                                                                                                                                and Rexville, WA
                                                                                                                                     October:       Farm road parallel to Hwy 20, approximately 5 miles
                                                                                                                                                    east of Sedro-Woolley, WA
                                                                                                                                     November:      Sunset at Rosario Beach, WA
                                                                                                                                     December:      Trees covered in ice, Hwy 9 and Otter Pond Lane,
                                                                                                                                                    Mount Vernon, WA


                                                                                                                                        New Moon         Full Moon




                        Serving Island, Skagit & Whatcom Counties
january
     sunday                monday                       tuesday        wednesday        thursday           friday                  saturday
                                                                                                   1                          2                   New Year’s Resolution
                                                                                                   New Year’s Day

                                                                                                                                                  This year, members of our staff
                                                                                                                                                  are going on the “Low Carbon
                                                                                                                                                  Diet—a 30 Day Program to Lose
                                                                                                                                                  5000 Pounds” and we invite you
                                                                                                                                                  to join us. By making simple
3                    4                            5               6                7               8                          9                   changes to actions we take every
                                                                                                                                                  day, we can reduce our annual
                                                                                                                                                  household CO₂ output by at least 15%.
                                                                                                                                                  Visit empowermentinstitute.net/lcd
                                                                                                                                                  and find out how to:

                                                                                                                                                  • Calculate your CO₂ footprint with
10                   11                           12              13               14              15                         16                    an easy-to-use “carbon calculator.”
                                                                                                                                                  • Create “cool household systems”
                                                                                                                                                    that save the Earth while saving
                                                                                                                                                    you money.
                                                                                                                                                  • Take on “cool lifestyle practices”
                                                                                                                                                    that reduce CO₂ emissions without
                                                                                                                                                    cramping your style.
17                   18                           19              20               21              22                         23                  • Purchase carbon offsets to become
                     Martin Luther King Jr.                                                                                                         “carbon neutral.”
                     Day
                                                                                                                                                  • Form a Low Carbon Diet “EcoTeam”
                                                                                                                                                    with friends, colleagues, co-workers
                                                                                                                                                    or your faith community.

                                                                                                                                                  Join the growing number of citizens
                                                                                                                                                  who have decided to take global
24                   25                           26              27               28              29                         30                  warming into their own hands. Go to
                                                                                                                                                  pse.com/solutions/foryourhome
                                                                                                                                                  to see the energy saving incentives
                                                                                                                                                  available through Puget Sound Energy.

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february
       sunday                    monday                       tuesday        wednesday        thursday           friday                       saturday
                           1                            2               3                4               5                              6                    Can You Make a Difference?

                                                                                                                                                             What can the average person really do
                                                                                                                                                             to combat global warming? By taking
                                                                                                                                                             a few well-known, readily available
                                                                                                                                                             measures, Americans could cut their
                                                                                                                                                             emissions of the greenhouse gas
7                          8                            9               10               11              12                             13                   carbon dioxide by as much as 7% over
                                                                                                         Lincoln’s Birthday
                                                                                                                                                             the next decade. A recent study
                                                                                                                                                             quantified the effect of adhering to
                                                                                                                                                             energy-saving tips, showing that these
                                                                                                                                                             actions could reduce annual household
                                                                                                                                                             carbon emissions in the United States
                                                                                                                                                             by up to 20%. Carbon emission
14                         15                           16              17               18              19                             20
Chinese/Lunar New Year     President’s Day                              Ash Wednesday                                                                        reducing actions include:
Year of the Tiger
                           Washington’s Birthday                                                                                                             • Carpooling/reducing trips
Valentine’s Day
                                                                                                                                                             • Fuel-efficient vehicle
                                                                                                                                                             • Routine auto maintenance
                                                                                                                                                             • Low rolling resistance tires
21                         22                           23              24               25              26                             27                   • Insulation/weatherization
                                                                                                                                        Purim begins         • Energy efficient appliances
                                                                                                                                        at sunset
                                                                                                                                                             • Low-flow shower heads
                                                                                                                                                             • Routine AC /furnace maintenance
                                                                                                                                                               and cleaning of HVAC air filters
                                                                                                                                                             • Thermostat setbacks and reducing
                                                                                                                                                               water heater temperature
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                                                                                                                                                             • Washing clothes in cold water
                                                                                                                                                             • Line-drying clothes

                                                                                                                                                             Find out more at energysavers.gov
                                                                                                                                                             and pnas.org/content/early/2009/
                                                                                                                                                             10/23/0908738106

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march  sunday                   monday                       tuesday          wednesday           thursday        friday                   saturday
                          1                            2                 3                   4               5                       6                     Chill Out!

                                                                                                                                                           In a typical home, air leaks around
                                                                                                                                                           doors, windows, and electrical outlets;
                                                                                                                                                           through the fireplace; in basements;
                                                                                                                                                           and especially attics lose as much
                                                                                                                                                           heat as leaving an average-size
7                         8                            9                 10                  11              12                      13                    window open all winter long.

                                                                                                                                                           To check for cold air leaks, hold a
                                                                                                                                                           candle or incense stick by doors,
                                                                                                                                                           windows, electrical and plumbing
                                                                                                                                                           outlets and cracks between the
                                                                                                                                                           foundation and frame of the house.
14                        15                           16                17                  18              19                      20                    Install weather stripping, outlet
Daylight Savings Time                                                    St. Patrick’s Day                                           Spring Equinox        insulators, caulking, insulating foam,
begins
                                                                                                                                                           window putty and door “sweeps”
                                                                                                                                                           wherever needed. You can save
                                                                                                                                                           money and reduce CO₂ emissions.

                                                                                                                                                           Windows are one of the greatest
21                        22                           23                24                  25              26                      27                    sources of wasted energy in your
                                                                                                                                                           home. In the winter, as much as
                                                                                                                                                           40% of the heat that escapes a
                                                                                                                                                           home flows through the windows.

                                                                                                                                                           Energy-efficient window treatments
                                                                                                                                                           can help decrease heat loss and
28                        29                           30                31                                                                                heat gain, thereby reducing heating
Palm Sunday                                            Passover begins                                                                                     and cooling costs.
                                                       at noon
                                                                                                                                                           For more information about
                                                                                                                                                           weatherization and energy assistance
                                                                                                                                                           programs in your area, please visit
                                                                                                                                                           apps1.eere.energy.gov/weatherization

                                                                                                                     feb 10                                 apr 10
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april sunday            monday                       tuesday        wednesday            thursday            friday                     saturday
                                                                                   1                  2                            3                   No-Idle Zones—It All Adds
                                                                                   April Fool’s Day   Good Friday                                      Up to Cleaner Air

                                                                                                                                                       Excessive idling wastes fuel, causes
                                                                                                                                                       excess wear on your engine, and
                                                                                                                                                       produces unnecessary vehicle
                                                                                                                                                       exhaust, which is a major source
4                 5                            6               7                   8                  9                            10                  of toxic air pollution in our state.
Easter Sunday
                                                                                                                                                       Such pollution is one of the leading
Orthodox                                                                                                                                               causes of asthma, especially for young
Easter Sunday
                                                                                                                                                       children who are more susceptible to
                                                                                                                                                       respiratory diseases.

                                                                                                                                                       The Northwest Clean Air Agency’s
11                12                           13              14                  15                 16                           17                  “No-Idle Zones—It All Adds Up to
                                                                                   Tax Day                                                             Cleaner Air” program urges drivers
                                                                                                                                                       to turn off their engines when
                                                                                                                                                       stopped for more than 30 seconds.
                                                                                                                                                       Reducing idling is one of the simplest
                                                                                                                                                       and easiest ways to save money while
                                                                                                                                                       reducing toxic air pollution and
18                19                           20              21                  22                 23                           24
                                                                                                                                                       emissions that cause global warming.
                                                               Administrative      Earth Day
                                                               Professionals Day
                                                                                                                                                       Did you know? If Americans reduced
                                                                                                                                                       idling by 5 minutes per day, we would
                                                                                                                                                       reduce our gasoline consumption by
                                                                                                                                                       1.4 billion gallons a year. It would also
                                                                                                                                                       reduce CO₂ emissions by roughly 40,000
25                26                           27              28                  29                 30                                               tons per year. Visit nwcleanair.org or
                                                                                                      Arbor Day
                                                                                                                                                       call 360.428.1617 for more information.




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                Serving Island, Skagit & Whatcom Counties                                                        28   29   30   31                    23   24   25   26   27   28    29
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may   sunday                monday
                                  Clean Air Month, World Asthma Month, National Bike Month


                                                         tuesday                 wednesday        thursday           friday                    saturday
                                                                                                                                          1                   Water Conservation

                                                                                                                                                              These tips will help save our water
                                                                                                                                                              and also save money on your bills!

                                                                                                                                                              • Take 5 minute showers.
                                                                                                                                                              • Turn off taps when not needed,
2                     3                            4                        5                6               7                            8                     especially when brushing your
                                                   World Asthma Day         Cinco de Mayo                                                                       teeth—every little bit helps.
                                                   National Teacher’s Day                                                                                     • Fix dripping taps. You can also save
                                                                                                                                                                by installing an inexpensive “flow
                                                                                                                                                                control” device in shower heads
                                                                                                                                                                and faucets.
                                                                                                                                                              • Turn down your water heater.
9                     10                           11                       12               13              14                           15                        • Lower the hot water heater
Mother’s Day                                                                                                                                                          setting to 120° Fahrenheit.
                                                                                                                                                                    • If your water heater was
                                                                                                                                                                      manufactured before 1989,
                                                                                                                                                                      you can save up to 10% on
                                                                                                                                                                      water heating costs if you wrap
                                                                                                                                                                      it in an insulating blanket.
                                                                                                                                                                      Also insulate the first five
16                    17                           18                       19               20              21                           22
                                                                                                                                                                      feet of hot water pipes.
                      National Bike to                                                                       National Bike to
                      Work Week                                                                              Work Day                                               • Get regular water heater
                                                                                                                                                                      tune-ups.
                                                                                                                                                              • Use appliances efficiently. Run the
                                                                                                                                                                clothes washer with a full load and
                                                                                                                                                                use cold water whenever possible.

23                    24                           25                       26               27              28                           29                  • Use an efficient dishwasher
                                                                                                                                                                instead of washing dishes by hand.
                                                                                                                                                                The more efficient models actually
                                                                                                                                                                use less water and power than
                                                                                                                                                                hand-washing dishes. Run only
                                Memorial Day                                                                                                                    when the dishwasher is full.
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june   sunday           monday                       tuesday        wednesday        thursday        friday                  saturday
                                               1               2                3               4                       5                       Energy-Saving Tips for
                                                                                                                        World Environment Day   Warm Weather

                                                                                                                                                Be a speedy chef—Nothing is more
                                                                                                                                                energy efficient for cooking than your
                                                                                                                                                microwave. It uses two-thirds less
                                                                                                                                                energy than your stove. Better yet,
6                 7                            8               9                10              11                      12                      consider using a solar oven.
                  Anniversary of
                  Washington State
                  Clean Air Act (1967)                                                                                                          Fill up the fridge—Having lots of food
                                                                                                                                                in your fridge keeps it from warming
                                                                                                                                                up too fast when the door is open.
                                                                                                                                                That way your fridge doesn’t have to
                                                                                                                                                work as hard to stay cool.
13                14                           15              16               17              18                      19
                                                                                                                                                Line dry clothes whenever you can—
                                                                                                                                                Dryers consume approximately 6%
                                                                                                                                                of the total household electricity usage.
                                                                                                                                                Line drying is one of the most cost
                                                                                                                                                effective ways to reduce your
                                                                                                                                                carbon footprint.
20                21                           22              23               24              25                      26
                                                                                                                                                Close your drapes or shades—
Father’s Day      Summer Solstice
                                                                                                                                                Windows are one of the largest sources
                                                                                                                                                of heat gain in your house. While not as
                                                                                                                                                effective as exterior shading, keeping
                                                                                                                                                your drapes and shades closed during
                                                                                                                                                the day helps keep unwanted heat out
27                28                           29              30                                                                               of your home.




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july  sunday               monday                       tuesday        wednesday        thursday        friday                  saturday
                                                                                   1               2                       3                   On the Road to a
                                                                                                                                               Cleaner Future

                                                                                                                                               Burning one gallon of gasoline
                                                                                                                                               produces about 20 pounds of carbon
                                                                                                                                               dioxide. You can improve your car’s
                                                                                                                                               mileage per gallon, cut pollution
4                    5                            6               7                8               9                       10                  that causes global warming and save
Independence Day
                                                                                                                                               anywhere from $200 to $500 each
                                                                                                                                               year by doing these simple things:

                                                                                                                                               • Travel light and pack smart.
                                                                                                                                                 Place luggage inside rather than
                                                                                                                                                 on the roof to minimize drag and
11                   12                           13              14               15              16                      17                    increase mileage.
                                                                                                                                               • Drive less aggressively.
                                                                                                                                                 Rapid acceleration and braking can
                                                                                                                                                 lower gas mileage by as much as
                                                                                                                                                 33% on the highway and 5% in town.
                                                                                                                                               • Slow down. In highway travel,
                                                                                                                                                 exceeding the speed limit by a
                                                                                                                                                 mere 5 miles per hour results in an
18                   19                           20              21               22              23                      24                    average fuel economy loss of 6%.
                                                                                                                                               • Make sure your tires are properly
                                                                                                                                                 inflated. Improve fuel efficiency and
                                                                                                                                                 increase tire safety and longevity.
                                                                                                                                               • Better yet, consider taking the bus!
                                                                                                                                                 Find out more about how you
                                                                                                                                                 can travel between the counties
25                   26                           27              28               29              30                      31                    easily and inexpensively. Go to
                                                                                                                                                 islandtransit.org, skagittransit.org,
                                                                                                                                                 ridewta.com, or wsdot.wa.gov/
                                                                                                                                                 choices for more information.

                                                                                                                                               Find out more at epa.gov/
                                                                                                                                               climatechange/wycd/road.html

                                                                                                           jun 10                               aug 10
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                   Serving Island, Skagit & Whatcom Counties                                            27    28   29   30                    29   30   31
augustsunday           monday                       tuesday        wednesday        thursday        friday                  saturday
1                2                            3               4                5               6                       7                   Try the 100 Mile Diet

                                                                                                                                           The 100 mile diet is a term used to
                                                                                                                                           describe a diet which consists entirely
                                                                                                                                           of foods grown and raised within 100
                                                                                                                                           miles of the dinner table.

                                                                                                                                           • Eat less meat. On average, it takes
8                9                            10              11               12              13                      14
                                                                                                                                             nearly 10 times as much fossil
                                                              Ramadan begins
                                                                                                                                             fuel to produce animal protein
                                                                                                                                             (including commercially caught
                                                                                                                                             or farmed fish) compared to plant
                                                                                                                                             protein, like beans and grains.
                                                                                                                                           • Buy local produce when you go to
                                                                                                                                             the grocery store rather than items
15               16                           17              18               19              20                      21                    trucked in from far away, and bring
Assumption                                                                                                                                   it home in reusable bags. There can
                                                                                                                                             be exceptions, as when imported
                                                                                                                                             food has been produced in a more
                                                                                                                                             sustainable way than local and then
                                                                                                                                             shipped (energy efficient) rather
                                                                                                                                             than flown (very energy inefficient).
                                                                                                                                           • Buy sustainably or organically-
22               23                           24              25               26              27                      28                    produced food. Organic and other
                                                                                                                                             traditional or natural farmers use
                                                                                                                                             minimal fossil fuel inputs. Some
                                                                                                                                             even use draft animals instead of
                                                                                                                                             internal combustion engines.

                                                                                                                                           Find out more at 100milediet.org.
                                                                                                                                           To find a farmers’ market near you, visit
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                                                                                                                                           apps.ams.usda.gov/FarmersMarkets




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september
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                                                             1                2                  3                       4                    Dumping on Garbage

                                                                                                                                              The average U.S. household produces
                                                                                                                                              about 4.5 pounds of solid waste per day.
                                                                                                                                              About a third of it is packaging used
                                                                                                                                              only to get the item to your home.
                                                                                                                                              Every pound of solid waste that goes
5               6                            7               8                9                  10                      11                   to the landfill generates 2 pounds
                Labor Day                                                     Rosh Hashanah
                                                                              begins at sunset                                                of greenhouse gases. Here are simple
                                                                                                                                              actions you can take to reduce
                                                                                                                                              your impact:

                                                                                                                                              • Reduce packaging waste:
                                                                                                                                                    • Bring your own cloth bags
12              13                           14              15               16                 17                      18                           when shopping.
                                                                              World Ozone Day                            Yom Kippur begins          • Buy in bulk.
                                                                                                                         at sunset
                                                                                                                                                    • Purchase items with the
                                                                                                                                                      least packaging.
                                                                                                                                                    • Buy recycled items.
                                                                                                                                              • Reduce junk mail:
19              20                           21              22               23                 24                      25                         • Visit directmail.com/Junk_Mail
                                                             Fall Equinox                                                                             and request that your name
                                                                                                                                                      is removed from all 3rd class
                                                                                                                                                      mailing lists at no charge.
                                                                                                                                                    • Contact those companies still
                                                                                                                                                      sending you junk mail and
                                                                                                                                                      request to be removed from
                                                                                                                                                      their lists.
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                                                                                                                                              For more information, visit the EPA’s
                                                                                                                                              Climate Change Waste web page at
                                                                                                                                              epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/
                                                                                                                                              waste/index.html



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october
     sunday                 monday
                                                             International Walk to School Month


                                                         tuesday              wednesday           thursday        friday                   saturday
                                                                                                             1                       2                     Eat Locally this
                                                                                                                                                           Holiday Season

                                                                                                                                                           The average American meal travels
                                                                                                                                                           about 1500 miles to get from farm
                                                                                                                                                           to plate. Consider preparing locally
                                                                                                                                                           grown food for your holiday meals
3                     4                            5                     6                 7                 8                       9                     this year. Here are some advantages:

                                                                                                                                                           • More Delicious Choices—
                                                                                                                                                             Buying locally grown products
                                                                                                                                                             helps ensure that the food we
                                                                                                                                                             serve at our table is fresh and
                                                                                                                                                             full of flavor.
                                                                                                                                                           • Better for the Environment—
10                    11                           12                    13                14                15                      16                      Studies report that a Skagit Valley
                      Columbus Day                                                                                                   National Bosses Day
                                                                                                                                                             apple requires about two-thirds
                                                                                                                                                             less climate-polluting energy to
                                                                                                                                                             grow and ship to local retailers
                                                                                                                                                             than an apple from New Zealand.
                                                                                                                                                             17% of global fossil fuel use goes to
                                                                                                                                                             fertilizing and transporting food.

17                    18                           19                    20                21                22                      23                    • Better for the Local Economy—
                                                                                                                                                             Buying locally grown food helps
                                                                                                                                                             put more dollars in the hands of
                                                                                                                                                             local farmers and in circulation
                                                                                                                                                             throughout local communities.
                                                                                                                                                             At farmers markets, for example,
                                                                                                                                                             for every $1 spent, 62¢ is re-spent
                                                                                                                                                             locally compared with 52¢ at a
24                    25                           26                    27                28                29                      30                      locally-based grocery store.

                                                                                                                                                           For recipe ideas and local information,
                                                                                                                                                           visit pugetsoundfresh.org/eatlocal/
                                                                                                                                                           why-eat-local.htm
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                     1                            2               3                4                  5                       6                   Light Up this Holiday Season
                                                  Election Day                                                                                    with Energy Efficient Lights

                                                                                                                                                  Holiday lighting can add up to $50
                                                                                                                                                  to your November and December
                                                                                                                                                  household power bill. Consider this:

                                                                                                                                                  • Large, traditional bulbs use 4–10
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                                                                                                                                                    watts per bulb. Mini-lights use
Daylight Savings                                                                   Veterans Day
Time ends                                                                                                                                           about 0.4 watts per bulb, and the
                                                                                                                                                    new LED lights use only 0.04 watts.
                                                                                                                                                  • Consider running your outdoor
                                                                                                                                                    lights on a timer pre-set for three
                                                                                                                                                    to five hours and use mirrors and
                                                                                                                                                    tinsel around indoor lights to
14                   15                           16              17               18                 19                      20                    increase the lighting effects.
                                                                                                                                                  • Better yet, consider solar LED
                                                                                                                                                    Christmas lights. They have a lot of
                                                                                                                                                    benefits such as no wires to worry
                                                                                                                                                    about, no concern with fires from
                                                                                                                                                    faulty power cords, no inflated
                                                                                                                                                    electric bills and longer bulb life.

21                   22                           23              24               25                 26                      27                  Note: LED light bulbs are more efficient
                                                                                   Thanksgiving Day
                                                                                                                                                  than CFLs and since they contain no
                                                                                                                                                  mercury, they are more environmen-
                                                                                                                                                  tally friendly. The reason LEDs have not
                                                                                                                                                  yet displaced CFLs from the market are
                                                                                                                                                  twofold: the first generation LED bulbs
                                                                                                                                                  had a narrow and focused light beam,
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                                                                                                                                                  and the cost of the LED bulbs was
                                                                                                                                                  too high. Recent developments in LED
                                                                                                                                                  technology, however, have been
                                                                                                                                                  addressing these issues. Please visit
                                                                                                                                                  eartheasy.com for more information.


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                                                                        1                2                 3                             4                    Business Guide to U.S. EPA
                                                                                         Hanukkah begins                                                      Climate Partnership Programs
                                                                                         at sundown

                                                                                                                                                              The business community is confronting
                                                                                                                                                              the climate issue on a broad scale.
                                                                                                                                                              Through participation in climate-
                                                                                                                                                              related EPA Partnership Programs,
5                        6                            7                 8                9                 10                            11                   organizations have invested in energy
                                                                                                                                                              efficiency, clean energy supply, and
                                                                                                                                                              other climate-friendly technologies,
                                                                                                                                                              reaping value such as:

                                                                                                                                                              • Substantial energy cost savings
                                                                                                                                                              • Improved operating efficiencies
12                       13                           14                15               16                17                            18                   • Improved risk management
                                                                                                                                                              • Expanded market opportunities
                                                                                                                                                              • Improved job satisfaction,
                                                                                                                                                                employee recruiting, and worker
                                                                                                                                                                productivity
                                                                                                                                                              • Enhanced brand and corporate
                                                                                                                                                                reputation
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                                                      Winter Solstice                                      Christmas Eve                 Christmas Day        Visit epa.gov/partners and
                                                                                                                                                              energyexperts.org for
                                                                                                                                                              more information.




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