Earth Week Challenges 2021

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Next week is Earth Week, with Earth Day on April 22nd!

To commemorate the occasion, we are asking the STAC community to take part in one or both of our Earth Day Challenges. Post your videos or images from Monday, April 19th through Sunday, April 25th to one or all of the following social media platforms, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

Don’t forget to add the applicable hashtag, you could win a prize!

The challenge is simple… get outside every day during Earth Week and take pictures/videos to post to social media with the hashtag #STACNatureChallenge. For every post you make, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a 3-year subscription to AllTrails ProTwo cellphones with terrain trail pathways pulled up on screen--pointing to plots on hiking trail

Here is a list of some of our favorite parks in the area:

zero waste kit of a mesh bag, bee's wrap for food, cloth bags, metal container and metal cup with strawImpact Challenge
This challenge is a bit harder. We challenge our STAC community to make a change in their lives this year that will have a positive impact on the environment.

To participate in this challenge, choose the impact you want to make and then post a picture or video to social media explaining your choice with the hashtag #STACImpactChallenge during Earth Week.

The posts will be judged and the best one will earn a prize of a Zero Waste Starter Kit from Wild Minimalist. 

See below for some suggestions to get you started!

Transition to a more Earth-friendly diet

Switch to renewable energy

For STAC employees, if you are an O&R or Central Hudson customer, you can subscribe to a share of a local solar farm through Solstice with no installation or added costs. You can feel good about supporting renewable energy and local jobs in our community, all while enjoying an estimated 10% savings on your annual electric costs.

Reduce waste

Americans throw away about 2,555 pounds of materials per person per year. And the majority of those items are disposable, single-use items like plastic containers and packaging. We need to move beyond simply recycling in order to significantly reduce our waste and its impact on the environment. One way to start is to reduce or eliminate single-use items such as disposable beverage containers, cutlery, straws, grocery bags, and packaging. Here is a great resource to help you get started from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Repair instead of replace

Protect our water resources

Protecting our water resources involves much more than just using less water (although that is still important). Residential lawn care, with the regular use of fertilizers and pesticides, can contribute to worsening water quality. In fact, most harmful algal blooms are the result of fertilizer use in the surrounding region. Eliminating fertilizers and pesticides from lawn care routines, as well as moving away from traditional short-grass lawns will not only improve water quality, but also reduce flood risk, and help increase biodiversity! Additionally, we can be more choosy about products we use in our homes that get washed down the drain… like choosing phosphate-free detergents, eco-friendly cleaning products, and making sure pharmaceutical products are properly disposed of. Here is some great info from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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