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Earth Day 2024

Apr 22, 2024 | Blog Posts, Insights

It’s April 22, a day that marks the 54th anniversary of the modern-day environmental movement—otherwise known as Earth Day. This holiday comes and goes each year and many of us will make a few changes for the month, say we did our part and move on. However, with our lifestyles being responsible for an estimated two-thirds of global emissions, it’s critical that we incorporate changes into our everyday lives. At HIGHMARK, where sustainable practices are part of our DNA, we have compiled some environmentally friendly practices that we can implement not just on Earth Day, but year-round.

1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: something we all learned early in life—practicing the three Rs. Whenever possible, recycle materials like paper, plastic, glass and metal. Make it easier for yourself by having separate receptacles for each.

2. Conserve energy: If you are done in a room, shut off the lights. If electronics aren’t in use, unplug it or consider investing in smart plugs.

3. Reduce carbon footprint: In NYC, public transportation is a readily available, cost-effective option. Ditch the cab and hop on a subway or bus, ride a bike, take a scenic route on the ferry, or enjoy the spring weather with a walk.

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4. Plant trees and gardens:  Planting trees and gardens can help absorb CO2, provides food and habitats for wildlife, and contributes to overall biodiversity. Find out how you can participate in NYC here.

5. Clean up in your local community: Join a local clean-up event to remove litter from natural areas like parks and beaches.

6. Reduce single-use plastics: Use water bottles, coffee cups and food containers and shop using reusable bags.

7. Shop and support local farmers markets: A tasty way to make an impact—buy fresh, locally-grown produce. Supporting local farms can help sustain local agriculture.

8. Decrease meat consumption: Did you know that the meat industry is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions? Try implementing “Meatless Mondays” and enjoy some vegetarian-friendly meals.9. Reduce water usage: Take shorter showers, fix leaks, install water-saving appliances, and turn off the water when it’s not being used while washing dishes and brushing your teeth.

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10. Support sustainable practices: Choose products and companies that prioritize sustainable practices. At HIGHMARK, we support electrification and decarbonization across buildings in the Tri-State with our numerous building efficient technologies.

Join us by taking part in these best practices, make a positive impact on the planet, and contribute to healthier and more sustainable future for our world.

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