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Think Green, Do Green

We often do not take the time to think about the impact of an environmentally friendly workforce. Your LFCHD Green Team is always looking for ways to incorporate less waste and more conscientious ways to recycle. If you would like to be a Green Team member, please join us any 4th Wednesday of the month at 650 Newtown Pike Training Room. We welcome and value your input!

Here are just a few ways Going Green makes a lasting impact:

  • Monetary Savings: reduced waste means reduced costs.
  • Protect the Environment: for every ton of paper recycled, 7,000 gallons of water and 17 trees are saved, reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Energy Savings: saving energy is both financial and environmental savvy.
  • Less Need for Strip Mining: recycling things like old computers that contain precious metals, can reduce the need for environmentally damaging strip mining.
  • Job Creation: 8,174 jobs created by the recycling industry in Kentucky.
  • Improved Company Image: recycling in the office can boost morale and increase individuals’ efforts at home.

From your Green Team, please take the time to properly recycle throughout your day.

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LFCHD is helping you stay hydrated!

The third floor has a new hydration station with filtered water! Stay healthy by drinking more water while helping to minimize plastic bottle waste in the environment.

Are you drinking enough water?

Why is it important to drink enough water?

  • Water keeps every part of your body working properly. It helps your body flush wastes and stay at the right temperature. It can help prevent kidney stones and constipation.
  • You lose water throughout the day—through your breath, sweat, urine, and bowel movements. If you live in a hot climate, you lose even more fluid.
  • You need to replace this lost fluid to stay healthy. If you don’t get enough water, you could become dehydrated. If you get very dehydrated, your body no longer has enough fluid to get blood to your organs. This is dangerous.

How much water do you need to drink every day?

  • A common recommendation is to drink six or eight 8-ounce glasses of water or other fluid every day. But some adults may need more or less, depending on how healthy they are, how much they exercise, and how hot and dry the climate is.
  • You may sometimes need to drink more water than usual if you:
    • Exercise intensely, especially in a hot climate.
    • Are sick, such as with the flu, or have a health problem like a urinary tract infection.
    • Are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What are some easy ways to get more water during the day?

  • Drink a glass of water when you get up in the morning, before you have coffee or tea.
  • Keep a cup or water bottle by your desk at work. Take several sips of water each hour. If you don’t have a desk job, carry a container of water with you, and take sips throughout the day.
  • Take a sip whenever you pass a drinking fountain.
  • If you get tired of drinking plain water, add a packet of sugarless flavoring to your water. Or put a slice of lemon or lime in plain or sparkling water.

Is bottled water better than tap water?

  • No. A lot of plain bottled water is just tap water that has been purified.

Celebrate Earth Day with these events

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Earth Day is April 22, and the LFCHD Green Team would like to inform you of some upcoming events in Lexington that are environmentally friendly:

April 16:Household Waste Disposal Day
April 22: Fayette County Main Street Clean Sweep
April 23: LFUCG Hazardous Household Waste Cleanup Day
May 14: Personal Paper Shredding Day
May 21: GreenFest

Green Team reports on recycling, energy-saving highlights

In April, 76 staff members completed the 2015 Green Team quality improvement survey. The Green Team wanted to share highlights from the survey to show how all of us have changed in our “Green Practices” over the past year:

• The building temperature at 650 Newtown Pike is still a concern — many of you noted it tends to continue to be uncomfortably cool in all seasons.

• Fewer of you are turning off your computer units; we hope that you are turning off your monitors at the end of the day to help save electricity.Green Team logo

• Fewer of you are printing off documents to review (only 25 percent of respondents), but when you do print, you print double-sided!

• Around 90 percent replied that you were recycling paper and that you had plenty of access to Shred-it and recycling containers, including personal recycling containers at your desk.

• Several of you noted that you check to be sure that the lights are turned off behind you, at work and at home! Please note that bathroom lights are left on for a reason: they’re connected to the exhaust fans and automatic deodorizer sprayers, so please keep them on to keep the restrooms fresh!

• You’re recycling more cans, bottles and other containers at work and at home. Be sure to look for the signs noting the blue recycling containers for plastic bottles and aluminum cans at work!

The Green Team applauds your efforts to help the health department save money and resources and improve our “green footprint.” We’ll be wrapping up our Green quality improvement project soon. However, if you’d like to get involved in keeping the Health Department green, contact Tara Mason at ext. 2347.

Get involved with “wet” recycling at LFCHD

LFCHD has two different recycling streams: “dry” paper/cardboard and “wet” beverage/food containers. This helps to keep the “dry” things clean and dry, and helps reduce the chances of bugs and odors throughout our buildings.

Smaller blue recycling bins are in most break areas.Green Team logo

Ways you can help:
• Empty, rinse and recap plastic bottles before placing in blue recycling bins. “Err” on the side of cleanliness.
• Empty and rinse aluminum or steel cans and glass containers before placing in blue recycling bins.
• Only bottles and cans in blue bins
• Only office paper products, newspaper, magazines and cardboard in grey bins or big blue office “Rosie” containers.

Note: These guidelines may be different from home recycling.

If you have any questions about recycling, please contact Tara Mason or Doraine Bailey.

Green Team helps LFCHD move toward 2-sided printing

Last year, the health department’s Quality Improvement (QI) Committee introduced the Green Team (Carla Basanta, Lois Davis, Becky Pirkle, Tara Mason, Doraine Bailey and Kevin Hall). This resulted from the responses of the Employee Engagement Survey and focus groups. Many of you commented about recycling, energy efficiency and paper/printing use. Thus, the Green Team was born.
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After holding a survey to gauge staff’s awareness (and interest) in environmental issues at LFCHD, the Green Team targeted a few areas identified by staff as a concern.
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