The purpose of this campaign is to educate and inform the Kodiak community about how to reduce energy consumption, recycle resources and products and reuse rather than discard materials.
Did you know that there have been water shortages in Kodiak? In fact there have been times in Kodiak’s past where seafood processing, a mainstay of our local economy, has been curtailed due to a shortage of water in our reservoirs. Teach your family the value of water conservation at home by following this tip: When washing dishes by hand - and that’s the most efficient way – use the least amount of detergent possible. This minimizes the amount of rinse water needed. You’ll save anywhere from 50 to 150 gallons a month. Imagine the water saved if every household followed this advice. Lets conserve one of Kodiak’s most important natural resources. 

The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce believes that conservation starts at home.
 

 

Alternative Energy — Power derived from sources like wind or solar energy without creating harmful emissions

 

Biodegradable — Able to decompose naturally into simple organic compounds that are safe for the earth


Biofuel — Fuel such as biodiesel or ethanol that is made from renewable, organic materials for use as a replacement for fossil fuels


Bisphenol A (BPA) — Used to make polycarbonate plastics, which become the durable light plastics that are very common in food and drink packaging, including baby bottles and children's toys. Controversy surrounds the chemical because of the possible adverse effects, such as increased risk of multiple cancers


Carbon Footprint — The total amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere during one's life, or during the time it takes to complete a product or service


Carbon Neutral — Resulting in a net discharge of carbon into the atmosphere of zero, usually once an initial discharge has been offset by another action, like planting trees


Composting — The process by which organic food, paper, and yard wastes are broken down naturally by organisms (bacteria, fungi, worms) into a mineral-rich product for use by farmers and gardeners


Embodied Energy — The total energy used in all the processes required to complete a building, from the acquisition of natural resources to the transport of materials and administrative actions


Energy Efficiency — Using less energy to do more or to get more service


EnergyStar — An energy-performance rating system created jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, in which energy-efficient buildings are awarded stars


Environmental Footprint — The amount of nonrenewable resources a company or individual uses, plus the amount of waste and emissions it creates


Green Design — Architectural design that is resource-efficient and environmentally sound; its elements include solar panels, natural lighting, and sustainable construction materials


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) — The rating system and certification program that sets the standards for an official "green" building based on five criteria: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality


Nontoxic — Not causing adverse health affects (used to describe a product, substance, or chemical)


Organic Fabric — One in which 95 percent or more of the fibers are grown without engineering or chemical pesticides and fertilizers


Phthalates — A class of chemicals made from alcohols and phthalic anhydride used most commonly to soften vinyl, for things such as toys and baby bottles. Phthalates have been linked to a number of health risks, including kidney and lung damage


Reclaimed Materials — Ones that have been salvaged from the waste stream and reused in their original form, with minimal reprocessing


Recycled Materials — Those that are remanufactured to form part of a new product

Renewable Materials — Those that naturally replenish themselves and are abundant in their natural environment, such as bamboo (fast-growing) and cork (made from bark, so its trees are unharmed by harvesting)


Sustainable Materials — Those made without adverse effect on the environment


Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) — Potentially harmful human-made chemicals that are emitted into the air as gases from certain solids or liquids, such as paint, cleaning fluids, and other household items

 
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