Why Join GBW?
Here Are the
Biz Wichita has many membership benefits that might be overlooked by
its long-time members.
a recap for you for 2016.
-- Tools to incorporate environmental responsibility in
your business brand to showcase your leadership to relevant
-- A public affiliation with other leading individuals
and businesses that do work in Wichita that are also concerned with
the environmental impacts of business.
-- Evaluations and assessments for year-to-year tracking
and verification of sustainability efforts.
-- Collaboration opportunities with fellow Green Biz
Wichita members, partners and experts.
-- Opportunities to showcase sustainability efforts and
involvement for recruitment and retention of professional talent,
clients and business partners that seek to align with green
-- Website and annual membership directory listings
as well as inclusion in all appropriate group communication
-- Available seats on one of the organization's five
working committees: membership, education, advocacy, collaboration
-- Chance to select a Green Steward within your organization
to champion internal sustainability and internal efforts. who can
also serve as your representative to the GBW organization.
-- GBW logo and collateral materials for internal and
external leverage in business locations, on business websites and
other materials and communications.
-- Advance invitation and reduced cost to all GBW
Volume V, Issue 5
Winter Weather Sustainability
As the first big
snowstorm hits every winter, the impending task of removing the snow
and ice it leaves behind is in the forefront of many minds. Snow
removal is a $2 billion industry in the U.S., and unfortunately, the
highly effective chemical deicers and gas-guzzling snow blowers are
not very eco-friendly. Chemical deicers on driveways, roads and
airport runways can be hazardous to plants, animals, the water supply
and the environment as a whole. The average gas-powered snow blower
creates about one pound of carbon monoxide emissions per hour,
according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and uses
about one gallon of gas a year, according to Consumer Reports.
Fortunately, individuals, communities, municipalities and airports
can all make a difference by opting for more environmental ways of
removing snow and ice.
Here are six ideas for
dealing with Mother Nature's winter wrath without hurting Mother
1. Scatter eco-friendly
ice melt substances instead of harmful rock salt. Look for ice melts
that combine corrosion inhibitors like Calcium Magnesium Acetate
(CMA) or Ice-Ban with salt to make it gentler while still being
effective. Find a list of the best eco-friendly deicers from the
EPA's Design for the Environment list. Also, carefully follow
instructions on the package for how much deicer to apply. Using too
much will actually reduce its effectiveness and leave a slippery
brine on the ground.
2. Use battery-,
electric-, or hybrid-powered snow blowers instead of gasoline-powered
ones. Only use blowers for large areas that need to be cleared of
snow, not just the walkway to your front door, which could be fairly
easily shoveled. Though electric products consume energy, they do not
consume gas or emit greenhouse gases.
3. If you feel you must
use a gas-powered snow blower for extremely large areas or spaces too
far for an electrical cord to reach, use the most efficient
gas-powered kind. A two-stage, four-stroke engine will operate far
more efficiently and with fewer emissions than a single-stage,
two-stroke engine. Invest in a better blower with a neighbor and
share it so you can both use an eco-friendly machine. Save unused
gasoline from the blower at the end of the year by adding a gas
stabilizer instead of wastefully burning it off by running the
4. Go old school and
use snow shovels, ice crackers, and brooms to clear snow from your
sidewalks, porches, and driveways. Ergonomic shovels can make the
task less back-breaking, or hire the kid down the street to help you
out. Shoveling early and often will also make the job easier.
5. Find an eco-friendly
snow removal service in your area or request that your current
service use environmentally safe products.
6. Sprinkle birdseed,
clean clay cat litter, sand or fireplace ash on walkways and
driveways for traction. These substances can be harmful to vegetation
and waterways and messy when the snow melts so use sparingly and only
on the surface of the snow to add traction. Note that these
substances will not melt ice or snow. --