June 4, 2009
Mark your calendars:  June 10 from 1-4pm is the day for the in-service project with the Greening of Detroit.  We will be planting about 45 trees on an eastside Detroit street.  Be ready to get have fun and get dirty for a good cause.
Additional  Recycling Options: We have added another recycling bin to the mix here at the Murphy-Telegraph Building.  In the lunchroom we now have a bin for metal, so you can toss those soup cans with a good conscience.  Also, just a reminder, there are separate bins for the returnable and non-returnable plastic bottles.
Taking Sustainability Home Corner
With the start of the summer season, everyone has a great chance to enjoy the outdoors more, and also take the message of sustainability into your own backyard.  By following these few tips, you would be able to take some small steps toward helping the earth, and in some cases, saving yourself a few dollars.
         Switch to a reel mower.  These motorless mowers aren't the push mowers of your youth.  They have become lighter and easier to operate.  In addition to the price ranging from $100-$350, cheaper than most push gasoline mowers, you never would have to worry about running out of gas while you are mowing.

         Watch the amount of fertilizing you do in your lawn.  Over-fertilizing can cause run-off into the water systems.  Most yards can get by nicely with one fertilization in the spring, and one in the fall.

         Water early and deep.  Watering your lawn later in the day will cause much of it to be lost to evaporation.  Also, water deep a few times a week, rather than not as much multiple times a week.  That encourages deeper root growth, and a stronger lawn.

         When you choose flowers, look for perennials that are native to the climate.  Planting flowers that aren't accustomed to the area will need more water and chemicals to survive. 

         If you have the room, start a compost pile.  There are many plans on-line to help you start one.  By doing this you will be able to both reduce your garbage and yard waste, and be able to have rich compost to spread on your gardens, saving you money.  A link to information on composting can be found HERE.
Looking for new great ideas!
We are always looking for new ideas on how we can all work together towards our goal of making Avanti a more sustainable company.  That said, we encourage anyone to submit their ideas or thoughts on what we can do to anyone on the Sustainability Committee.  The members of the committee are: Cal Kerr, Athena Inempolidis, Alana Glantz, Nick Tritt, Matt Gall, Charlotte Hill, Dave Phipps, Liza Pulgini and Mary Butler (Omnigraphics).  

Thanks for taking the time to participate in this initiative,

Matt Gall
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the ability of future generations to meet their own needs"