Thinking green for International Earth Day

Think Green Environment Lifestyle

22nd April marks International Earth Day 2019. Earth Day has been inspiring people to take an interest in the future of the planet, and take action to sustain it, since 1970. As Earth Day approaches its 50th anniversary next year, it is hoping to reach 3 billion ‘acts of green’ – the small things people do to be more environmentally responsible which add up to a big difference.

It could be buying more organic food, ditching plastic bags, quitting smoking or supporting politicians who believe in climate change… It all counts towards making the world a better, greener place.

At iQ, we have our own Think Green initiative in place – if you are one of our residents, you may have seen the posters around your site. Of course, just thinking about being green isn’t enough – you have to act!

That applies to us too. Here are some of the things we do at iQ:

  • Save energy with low-energy lighting, super high-performance insulation and triple A-rated electrical appliances
  • Ensure that as much of the waste generated during the construction of our buildings is reused and recycled (and at least 98% is)
  • Recycle as much as possible, and encourage our residents to do the same. All our sites have recycling facilities for plastics, cardboard, paper and cans (and we do it in the office too)
  • Choose building locations close to universities to cut down on the need to drive or use public transport

Now, here’s a thought. We have around 30,000 residents at our properties across the UK. That’s a lot. If every one of them took action to live greener, that would make a real impact. Why not start today, on International Earth Day?

Here are a few ideas to get you started on thinking green:

  • Don’t fill the kettle every time – just boil the water you need for your tea or coffee
  • Wear extra layers before you resort to turning the heating on
  • Switch off the lights when you don’t need them, unplug your chargers and don’t leave electrical items on ‘standby’
  • Keep your fridge and freezer full – empty spaces waste energy
  • Take shorter showers – even a couple of minutes less makes a big difference

Yes, it’s all simple stuff, but easy to forget. You could even commit yourself to taking action (always easier to stick to if you’ve told someone else) by registering your act of green with International Earth Day here – and be part of the 3 billion.

 

Way ahead of us? Tell the world what you’re doing for it on social media. #iQgreen

Find out more about International Earth Day and this year’s theme, Protect Our Species

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