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The Power to Change
Airport Participates in Citywide Conservation Program
By A.B. Snedeker

People Have The Power! That’s one of the key messages of a new citywide environmental sustainability campaign. “We want all City of Atlanta employees to know that they have the power to change the way they use resources on the job and in their personal lives,” said Atlanta’s Director of Sustainability Mandy Schmitt.

At Hartsfield-Jackson and throughout Atlanta, the goal of the ongoing campaign that begins this month is to increase employee efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. From turning off cubicle lights and computers at the end of the day, to promptly reporting leaky faucets and fixtures, employees will be encouraged to take personal responsibility for energy and resource conservation.

“Conserving energy is part of everyone’s job at Hartsfield-Jackson,” said Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta. “We all need to focus on reducing what we use, reusing what we can, and recycling as much of the rest as possible.”

Employees are encouraged to consider what they can control in the workplace from an environmental perspective. Limiting paper printing, turning off conference room lights, and adjusting temperature settings can go a long way toward reducing the Airport’s overall environmental footprint.

In fact, shutting down 150 computers overnight and on weekends can save as much as $11,000 and reduce carbon emissions by 154 pounds annually.

Along with encouraging eco-friendly efforts on the job, the new campaign also highlights energy savings ideas and benefits for employees and their families outside of work. “We want to provide Airport and citywide employees with information that can help them and their families reduce, reuse and recycle at home,” said Schmitt. “Sometimes, a simple change can lead to big savings in the household.”

One such change is switching some, if not all, of household light bulbs to fluorescent lights. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, changing just one 75-watt incandescent bulb to a 20-watt compact fluorescent light bulb saves as much as $67 annually and cuts emissions by 1,000 pounds.

Read more about the City of Atlanta's sustainability initiative.

© 2008 Hartsfield-Jackson News. A Publication from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. All rights reserved.


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