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Earth Day Tips from the Kamus+Keller Team

Since its creation in 1970, Earth Day has thrust environmental issues and causes into our collective consciousness. What was once considered a fringe movement is now a global event celebrated by over a billion people each year.

Kamus + Keller constantly strives to create projects as ecologically responsible as possible, and those principles are enthusiastically implemented by our staff of passionate, green-minded designers. As such, we’ve gathered a list of our favorite tips from our team that can easily be incorporated into your day-to-day work and home life!Earth Day Infographic

Here a some more tips from the team:

Cory Anttila:
Go paperless in lieu of US mail with all bills. This saves paper and fuel.
Buy used!!!! Don’t buy new cars it reduces our carbon footprint and also saves money.
Turn off lights and equipment when not in use.
Markup drawings via bluebeam in lieu of paper prints.
My architecture always considers sun orientation, shading devices, drought tolerant landscaping (which also reduces heat island effect)

Chandra Johnston:
I’m a big thrift/consignment/vintage store shopper. I would rather extend the life of an item or clothing or piece of furniture than buy something new.

Jenifer Simmons:
I use a refillable water bottle as much as possible to cut down my use of plastic disposable water bottles.
Recycle Cans and bottles.
Use reusable bags at the grocery store.

Jodi Israel:
Limit shower duration to save on water.

Maria Rabina:
Aside from recycling… we save the laundry water and use it to water our plants and grass. They love it…. The soap needs to be green friendly.
We have all LED lights, have skylights at our house, and also have the Nest thermostat. So our electric bill is around $30-40 maybe even less a month!
Limit length of showers.

Bill Lund:
My wife and I put a bucket in the shower to catch the water while we are waiting for it to heat up. Then we use that water to water our plants.

Ellyse Crawford:
I take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) into the city every day.

Michelle Lang:
I recently purchased a reusable water bottle.
I try not to use produce bags at the grocery store, since they just end up in the trash anyways!
I have been a vegetarian for 8 years and cook/bake a lot instead of eating out (take-out=more waste!).
I have a goal to bike at least 3 days a week to work. If I can, this extends to weekend plans. I would much rather walk/bike than drive!
I am trying to be conscious of the non-food items I buy (clothing, household items etc.) and buying things of quality instead of items that need to be replaced frequently. Sure, the upfront cost/time is greater, but in the end it’s better for the environment and I have nice things that last!

Shiendy Fischer:
I actually have a Glass bottle that I use since I drink A LOT of water…it is from Love Bottle.
Also, I am like electricity crazy around here… for the majority of the morning, since I am by myself at the office I usually don’t turn the conference room area lights until like 9:30 or 10:00 AM.
Also… we have several succulents and a couple of forget-me-not flowers around the office to bring the green from the outside in.

John Kamus:
Buy organic
All natural products- no chemicals
No phosphates in cleaning products
Recycle paper, plastic, glass etc.
Use the KK shopping bags exclusively
Constantly reducing carbon footprint
Compost
Drought tolerant plants & landscaping
Carpool or take the train when possible
Support organizations that protect our environment and endangered ecosystems
Drive a no emissions vehicle
LED lighting throughout home
Buy vintage clothing

David Untarya:
Recycle plastic, glass, cans, and paper at home
Do laundry and run dishwasher at night
Have solar panel for the house
Let the grass die for the summer
Use mostly fluorescent and LED lighting

Viktoriya Devicheva:
Use refillable bottles for drinking bottles.
Buy water in a water store and store it a giant 5-gallon glass jar.
Use essential oils, baking soda, coconut oils to make home products. Home products like deodorant, mouth wash, toothpaste.
Switched from paper towels to cloth towels.
Make our own almond milk, almond butter, coconut milk so we do not buy it in plastic and have better ingredients in a homemade product.
Use fans over our AC unit.
We try to recycle. I wish there are more things to recycle though.
We try to buy sustainable products (including bedding, furniture, clothes) when available. My recent purchase was the organic cotton wool mattress with no foam
We try to re purpose everything we have.
We drive fuel efficient vehicles.
We bring our own bags for grocery shopping, and carry things that I purchase refusing to take them in plastic if I do not have a bag with me.
I asked not to put a plastic bag in my desk’s trash bin at the office.
We try to never use plastic utensils/cups.
We try to buy local products over imported if there is a choice.
We shop at the farmers’ market for local food.
We deliberately avoid eating meat because of unsustainable impact on the environment and depletion of water resources that farmers use to grow cattle and also because we do not want to support the cruelty aspect of raising animals.
Donate everything instead of throwing away in the landfills.
Try to buy used stuff.

 Research Resource: Earth Day Network