We understand the irony of Earth Day 2020. Today is the 50th anniversary of this worldwide movement to pledge better care for our planet. But we find ourselves inside our homes trying to show love for our planet in another way.
First, the good news: During the past two months, when much of the world is staying home, air quality around the globe has improved. But even before this current crisis, we were encouraged by the hospitality community to become more sustainable. At The Venetian Resort, we are “all in” with our efforts. Our Sands ECO360 program has made us a leader in sustainability and eco-friendly travel.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, below are five quick tips to help protect Planet Earth, even while indoors:
01 Flip the Switch
Experts say that energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. It is often estimated that lighting accounts for about 12% of a typical residential utility bill. While you are spending more time at home, pay attention to what is left “on” around you. When you leave a room, flip the switch and turn off the power. Also, with more late-night TV binges, it’s easier to fall asleep with the TV on. Current EnergyStar models are pretty efficient, but older TVs can consume as much as 400 watts. Every little bit counts.
02 Waste Not
Cooking more at home? Get into a habit of using food before it spoils and repurposing leftovers for additional meals. Food waste is a big topic at The Venetian Resort. In fact, we were challenged by the EPA to reduce our food waste by 50% over the next decade, a goal we are well on our way to achieving. In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40% of the food supply. This isn’t just a big waste of money, but the need for food around the world is staggering. In addition, wasted food adds to the amount of CO2 being created in landfills.
03 Eat Less Meat
It looks like 2020 will be the year of plant-based foods. Even devout meat eaters enjoy an occasional vegetarian meal or “meat-free Monday.” Scientists say that cutting down on red meat – even if it’s just two or three days a week – can have a significant impact on reducing your carbon footprint.
04 Recycle Away
This can sometimes feel like a game. How much of your daily trash can be recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill? By actively sorting our trash, The Venetian Resort diverts 27 types of items from landfills and between 55-60% of our waste. How high can you get your recycling rate? The national average is 32%, and the Nevada state average is 23%. Check local websites for specific details about items that can be recycled. In general, you can recycle more than you may be aware, from batteries to paper to automobiles.
Regularly cleaning or replacing air filters in your home seems to fall by the wayside. Now's the time to make it number one on your list. According to the Department of Energy, replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one can reduce energy consumption by as much as 15%. Dirty filters make your air conditioning system work harder and run longer than necessary. Did you know that your HVAC system is typically responsible for about half of your energy bill? It makes the effort definitely worthwhile.
Thank you for doing what you can to help show love for our planet. We are pleased to have an industry-leading sustainability program at The Venetian Resort.Learn More