Category: LAcarGUY Sustainability
Did you know that from Thanksgiving to New Year’s day, household waste increases by more than 25 percent and this extra trash – mostly food, shopping bags, product packaging and wrapping paper – adds up to an additional 1 million tons of waste a week that is sent to U.S. landfills.
So what can we do to help reduce waste and make this holiday season a little greener. Our team here at LAcarGUY have put together a list that we hope you will find useful.
- Not all gifts have to be store-bought. Read up on Tips for Sustainable Giving.
- Source locally made gifts. Many gifts in today’s marketplace come from halfway around the world, and the impact of transportation contributes significantly to greenhouse emissions and global warming.
- Choose gifts made from recycled resources. Here are some gift ideas made from recycled materials.
- ‘Re-gifting’ is OK. There’s much discussion these days about the etiquette behind the trend to ‘re-gift’, that is, to pass on a gift you received but do not need. What’s to discuss? Re-gifting makes perfect sense. If you receive something you really don’t need, look for ways you can reuse this gift by passing it on to someone who can use it. Of course, re-gifting needs to be done with care so as not to offend the original giver, but keeping a gift you don’t need is wasteful.
- Connect with nature – start a family nature hike tradition. A peaceful walk will be valued and remembered
- Deck the halls with LED lights this year. Sparkly, energy-saving LEDs – super-efficient lights that use a lot less energy than incandescents – are abundant on store shelves this season
- Skip paper and plastic products. This is the season where it’s easy to bring out your family china, silverware, and cloth napkins – even for breakfast. Try doing it, and you may never go back to using paper or plastic products to eat off of again.
- Recycle your Christmas Tree. If you’re still inclined to get a cut tree, there are several recycling options available. Leftover trees can be used for mulch, erosion, habitat creation and more. Check out treecycling search to find a recycling option near you.
What are some of the steps you take to help reduce the environmental impact of the holidays? Share your tips…
Created by environmental education non-profit Grades of Green and sponsored by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, as well as Santa Monica-based LAcarGUY, the third annual Trash-Free Lunch Challenge, an L.A. County contest that rewards schools for reducing lunchtime trash, has doubled in scope since its inception two years ago.
“LAcarGUY is thrilled to sponsor Grades of Green and the Trash-Free Lunch Challenge. There’s no better way to teach eco-friendly habits to the next generation,” said Mike Sullivan, founder and President of LAcarGUY.
The Trash-Free Lunch Challenge has diverted as many as 40,000 bags of trash from area landfills and saved schools thousands of dollars over two years. “With 24 schools in this year’s program, we expect to see nearly 30,000 more bags of trash diverted from the new schools alone,” said Lisa Coppedge, Grades of Green’s Director of Programs. “But what’s more important is that an additional 17,500 students will learn how to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost–new habits that will protect the environment in the years to come.”
The competition gets underway October 2, when representatives from each school will attend a training session and tour of the Sanitation Districts’ Puente Hills Landfill and Materials Recovery Facility.
Once the competing schools implement their Trash-Free Lunch programs, Grades of Green selects three finalists through an application process. A panel of environmental experts and other judges will evaluate the implementation and success of the three finalists’ programs. The winning school will receive a Grand Prize of a $1,000 education grant. The second- and third-place schools will receive $750 and $500, respectively.
Though the deadline has passed to compete in this year’s Trash-Free Lunch Challenge, any school may still initiate a Trash-Free Lunch program. Complete instructions are available at no cost to schools at www.gradesofgreen.org/initiatives/trash-redux/trash-free-tuesdays.
With the help of over 11,000 volunteers, over 24,000 pounds of trash was collected at this year’s annual Clean the Beach Day that was held on September 21st. LAcarGUY is proud to sponsor the event which is put on by our partners at Heal the Bay. The event is the largest volunteer day on the planet and over 200 LAcarGUY team members joined in on the fun.
Volunteers cleaned over 32 miles of beach, inland waterways, regional parks, and city neighborhoods in 50 L.A. County locations. In total, over 24,000 pounds of trash was removed and that does not include the bulky items that have yet to be weighed and reported by the City of L.A.
LAcarGUY is proud to support this great effort every year to keep out beaches clean. This year we had the largest corporate group of volunteers on the day, and that speaks volumes to the love and dedication to the environment that everyone here at LAcarGUY has.
We thank everyone who came out to volunteer, and we hope to see you again next year.
Get Your Kids Involved!
Hi everyone! May’s Green Tip of the Month is by Pacific Porsche’s Green Team Representative – Sarah Carbajal.
She has fun, easy-to-do recycling tips, apps and games for the family and kids.
All the links below are open for you – have fun!
Healthy habits start early. Get your kids excited and involved by making recycling a part of your childs way of life. My four year old has helped Heal the Bay, walked in charity events and has mastered sorting recyclables. She doesn’t know anything different, she is aware of the world around her and I find that to be a virtue. Here are some easy tips on incorporating a green way of living into your home.
Make your own reusable bags! Before you head out to the grocery store have your kids help create reusable tote bags. They are easy to make (no sewing), functional and eco-friendly. Follow this link to a quick and fun solution to plastic bags:
The “In and Out” Toy Rule: As a general rule whenever an occasion arise where lots of fun new toys are going to brought into our home my daughter must go through her old toys and donate some of them. This has become one of her favorite forms of recycling.
Limit the amount of time spent on electronics. This is the most difficult rule to enforce. With everything these days geared towards kids and video games children tend to lose their focus. I have found a few apps that teach children about recycling :
Let them sort! Kids learn the most by being hands on. Let them be in charge of sorting all of the recycling for your family. It’s the easiest way to help your child grasp the sometimes overwhelming concept of how recycling works.
One pound of recycled newspaper can be turned into six cereal boxes.
A glass bottle can take 40 centuries to be broken down if it’s not recycled.
This past weekend, LAcarGUY‘s team were on-hand at the unveiling of the official H2.0 Fountain at Polliwog Park on Earth Day. LAcarGUY is proud to be among a number of community partners who have contributed to support Leadership Manhattan Beach’s initiative to provide seven state-of-the-art water drinking fountains to the community, where three of which include a fountain especially for canine companions.
LAcarGUY‘s Manager of the Environment, Alisha Auringer, and CIO, Tim James, had the opportunity to fill up their water bottles using the bottle-refilling dispensers! LAcarGUY was also presented with a sponsorship plaque from the wonderful team at Leadership Manhattan Beach.
Check out a few pics from the day! If you attended the event, tell us what you think of the new drinking fountains!
LAcarGUY, the leading hybrid dealer group in the world, was a proud sponsor for the second annual Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge at local schools. There were 17 local schools that participated in the challenge and the top three were all sponsored by LAcarGUY stores! First Place went to Lunada Bay Elementary School, sponsored by Pacific Porsche. They won by reducing trash going to landfills by 87.5%. The school was honored with a celebration on Earth Day, on April 22, and will received a $1,000 education grant. Riviera Elementary School, sponsored by Audi Pacific and Washington Elementary, sponsored by Subaru Pacific tied for second place among the 17 schools and will receive awards of $750 each. Before the Trash Free Lunch Challenge the Lunada Bay School were producing 13 bags of trash and 0 bins for recycling. After the Challenge they reduced this to 5 bags of trash and increased their recycling to 2 full bins per day. The students at Lunada Bay also designed a water drip irrigation system consisting of plastic water and juice containers as an irrigation system for the schools fruit and vegetable garden where they are growing kale, lettuce and strawberries. President/Owner of LAcarGUY Mike Sullivan responds to the great news, “This is one of my favorite projects of the year to be a part of. We are so proud of these kids for taking complete control of their environment and then going home and teaching their parents….what a great cycle. I’m really happy that Alisha could be a part of the judging panel and take those learnings back to LAcarGUY; really teaches our employees the benefits of sustainability in our everyday lives. Couldn’t be more proud.” A judging panel of five environmental experts visited Lunada Bay and two other finalists in the competition—Riviera Elementary in Torrance, and Washington Elementary in Redondo Beach—earlier today to determine the Grand Prize winner. The panel included Alisha Auringer, Manager of the Environment, LAcarGUY; Marieta Francis, Executive Director, Algalita Marine Research Foundation; Abby Landers, El Segundo High School Grades of Green club president and Youth Board Advisor for Grades of Green; Michelle Nakamura, Operations Manager, 5 Gyres Institute; and RupamSoni, Senior Environmental Engineer, Sanitation Districts of L.A. County. Even though this year’s Trash-Free Lunch Challenge is nearly complete, any school may initiate Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch program, as well as more than 40 other environmental activities. Complete instructions are available at no cost to schools at www.gradesofgreen.org.
LAcarGUY is partnering with Grades of Green, a nonprofit organization based in the South Bay with the mission to inspire and empower students and the broader school community to care for the environment, to host the “Trash Free Lunch Challenge.” The challenge will encourage schools to focus on reducing lunchtime trash while educating students about the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. Students will be encouraged to bring lunches from home in reusable containers and to use other reusable items, such as stainless steel bottles and cloth napkins. Each school participating in the challenge will implement a lunch time sorting system where items that would normally be tossed into the trash will be sorted into the proper bins, such as recycle and compost. “We are thrilled to partner with Grades of Green to bring this exciting Challenge to schools in our communities” says Alisha Auringer, manager of the environment with LAcarGUY.
The four schools sponsored by LAcarGUY will compete against twelve other schools throughout the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles area during the 2012-2013 school year.
The first 16 schools to register for the challenge will receive:
- An Eco-Consultation of the school resulting in an eco-consultation report.
- A Training Day including a tour of the Puentes Hills Landfill hosted by Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.
- An Eco-Prize Kit filled with raffle prizes such as Go Green Lunch Boxes, Neat-o reusable pouches, Ween Green snack containers, and a Street Surfing Wave Board.
- A “Prep-Rally” School Assembly to be held at their school where the Grades of Green team will educate and motivate students to reduce landfill waste and work hard to win the Trash Free Lunch Challenge!
- An Eco-Tool Kit containing hand stamps, trivia cards, a raffle box and tickets, and laminated Grades of Green signs for the sorting system.
The Trash Free Lunch Challenge winning school will be announced the week before Earth Day 2013 and awarded a $1,000 Grand Prize during a school wide celebration. The 2nd place school will receive a $750 prize and 3rd place will be awarded $500.
In 2011-2012, schools who participated in the Trash Free Lunch Challenge reduced lunch time waste by an average of 71%, and collectively diverted over 11,000 bags of waste, or 82.5 TONS of waste, from going to the landfill in one year.
For more information about the Trash Free Lunch Challenge and to sign up your school to participate, visit www.gradesofgreen.org/trashchallenge.
It had been nearly a year since EMA Young Hollywood Board Member Rachelle Lefevre’s last visit to Helen Bernstein High School’s garden, and a lot had changed (and grown!) since then.
Rachelle toured the garden and got her hands dirty by digging in.
See more photos from the day on our Flickr Photostream.
This honor recognizes Mike’s personal commitment to supporting so many important local environmental organizations and for actively promoting community projects from beach cleanups to creating school gardens. When Global Green needed hybrid cars for their Red Carpet – Green Car campaign (i.e., taking stars to the Oscars in fuel efficient cars), Mike provided them.
LAcarGUY not only sell more hybrids and clean diesel cars than any other dealership group in America, we also showcase energy and resource conserving practices in its dealerships — including the new Audi LEED certified dealership. The LA Green Team represents the company’s commitment to advancing sustainability by encouraging, inspiring and educating its 800+ employees about reducing their individual and corporate carbon footprint, as well as selling more hybrids and clean diesel cars than any other dealership group in the United States.
We hope you will join us in paying tribute to Mike’s contributions and help support the work of Global Green by sponsoring a table or purchasing tickets to the event. To participate or for further information, please contact MTA Events at firstname.lastname@example.org or 818.906.0240 if you require further information. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) recently announced the Inaugural SBC Industry Achievement Awards recipients during an awards ceremony attended by preeminent sustainable business leaders from throughout Southern California. Five Inaugural SBC Giving Tree Awards trophies that are Ficus Bonsai in Bamboo planters, to coincide with Earth Day and be symbolic of the event’s sustainable message, were presented during the award’s ceremony.
SBC’s Sustainable Business Award results were a tie. The two recipients have impressive sustainability credentials. The Miyako Hybrid Hotel is a Silver LEED certified hotel built to show that business, luxury services and green facilities and operations are not mutually exclusive.
As a business located in the city of Los Angeles, with an active Sustainable City Plan implemented in 1994, LAcarGUY commits to conducting business in a manner that safeguards health, protects the environment and conserves valuable materials and resources.
LAcarGUY won SBC Sustainable Business Award because we are a business that is a leading contributor to the Southern California economy and society. Our sustainable achievements are acknowledged by the general public, scholars, critics and peers. LAcarGUY continues to advance the sustainable business industry.