Everyday, we make choices that affect the environment, our communities, and our State. From what we buy and how we consume those products to how we use water and energy, there is a lot we as Nevadans can do to be more sustainable, reduce our environmental footprint, and improve our communities.
The first step to living more sustainably involves becoming aware of how you use, conserve, and waste products, resources, and energy and how these actions both positively and negatively impact the environment and your community. Then, identify areas where you want to improve and set goals for yourself. Below, you will find a list of goals related to daily sustainability. Start by picking one and identifying which solution(s) or tip(s) you can implement in your life. If you don’t know where to start, start with the “Measuring Your Sustainability” goal or any of the solutions highlighted as “Beginner.”
While everyone has a role to play in promoting sustainability, not everyone has the same role. Do what you can do based on the resources available to you. Every little action matters. If you’re just starting out or have limited time and resources, try focusing on the tips highlighted as “Beginner.”
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Conducting audits will help you understand how you use and waste products, resources, and energy. Periodic audits will also help you measure your progress as you implement some of the tips on this page. Below you will find various audits and tools to help you measure your sustainability.
Audit Your Water Usage:
Audit Your Carbon Footprint:
Audit Your Waste:
Audit Your Energy Usage & Efficiency:
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Did you know that 30-40% of food is wasted in the U.S? Shopping for your groceries with sustainability in mind is extremely important. Below are tips to help you shop for groceries more sustainably.
There are many benefits to making and using compost, including enriching the soil, maintaining moisture, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers, and encouraging the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi. Also, by diverting your organic waste and creating compost, you help reduce methane emissions from your landfill. Below are tips to help you start composting or using a compost service.
As mentioned, 30-40% of food is wasted in the U.S. That’s a significant amount of wasted food! Additionally, when food waste and other organic matter is landfilled, it decomposes and produces methane - a powerful GHG. Below are tips to help you reduce the amount of food you waste.
By reducing the amount of energy you consume at home, you can lower your carbon footprint and save money. You can reduce your energy consumption through energy efficiency or by conserving energy. Energy efficiency involves installing and/or using products that result in less energy used to do the same task, whereas energy conservation involves not using energy. Below are tips regarding how you can conserve energy and upgrade your home to be more energy efficient.
While renters may not be able to make drastic changes to their living spaces to improve their energy efficiency and save on energy bills, many of the simpler ideas listed in the home owners section still apply. These include:
Widespread drought is currently affecting much of the Western U.S., and in particular, is severe in the Colorado River basin. Below are tips to help conserve our precious water supply.
The transportation sector is Nevada’s leading sector of GHG emissions - gasses that are linked to climate change. Additionally, many conventional vehicles emit other pollutants that are harmful to the environment and human health. Below are tips to reduce your vehicular pollution and GHG emissions.
As many of us know, plastic waste is an important and hot topic. Plastic never decomposes, it continues to breakdown into smaller pieces and usually ends up displaced in water supplies and soils. These broken-down pieces of plastic are referred to as microplastics. Below are some tips to help you reduce your plastic and packaging waste.
Like shopping for groceries, there are environmental impacts associated with shopping for other household products. Below are tips to help you reduce your environmental footprint and shop more sustainably for products.
Recycling is a key component of extending the useful life of a material and reducing waste sent to landfills. Recycling also helps conserve resources, such as water and energy. It often takes less energy and water to use recycled materials as inputs to new products than it does to extract and use new raw materials for those same products.. However, recycling only works efficiently when individuals properly recycle. Below are tips to help improve recycling efforts in your community.
Our current economy is mainly based on the “take-make-waste” model. In other words, we take raw materials from the earth, process those materials into products, and then throw away those products once finished with them. One way to change this mindset is to minimize the amount of waste you produce by changing your consumption habits. Another way is to change how you manage items when you no longer have use for them (e.g., donating or gifting versus throwing away). Below are tips to help you waste less.