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Earth Day Takes Place on April 22, 2017

April 12, 2017

Consider these 10 simple changes you can implement in your practice that will make a positive impact on the environment:

  1. Power down equipment (computers, printers, monitors, television, fans, window A/C units) at night for a 25% to 50% reduction in energy use.
  2. Paper use — go paperless where you can! Use electronic communication rather than mail. Choose 100% postconsumer recycled paper.
  3. Wash and re-sterilize larger-sized plastic syringes for multiple use.
  4. Water use — choose low-flow toilets or use a toilet dam. Utilize refillable drinking water bottles or filtered water — no throwaways!
  5. Post “No Idling” signs in your parking area.
  6. Put pressure on veterinary industry representatives for improvements in environmentally friendly packaging and energy efficient medical equipment. Use suppliers who take back packaging/totes for reuse.
  7. Lights — turn them off! Use motion detectors and/or timers. Leave minimal lighting on at night for security purposes. Earth Day should happen every day!
  8. Get rid of incandescent bulbs — switch to CFL or LED.
  10. Use “green” products at every opportunity. Minimize the use of high phosphate products such as bleach.

Visit the Practice & Economics section of CVMA’s website to access the Green Veterinary Practice initiative.