|What You Can Do Now....
On the Road
- Green Commuting in New Jersey
- Do not top off your gas tank. (In New Jersey, ask the gas attendant to not top off your gas tank.)
- Carpool or take public transportation more frequently to reduce air pollution, especially in the summer.
- Do not idle your car (excessive is greater than 3 minutes…this is a NJ regulation!).
- Avoid using drive-thrus.
- Bike or walk to work, if possible.
- Do errands when there is less traffic (i.e., at night) and combine errands into one trip.
- Make informed purchases on cars: www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/, www.fueleconomy.gov/.
- Walk to church; walk to get groceries (substitute for using your car when possible).
- Tips to Save Gas, Improve Gas Mileage, and Save Money
- Ask your employer about rideshare programs, transit incentives for alternate modes of commuting to work, or an adjusted work schedule.
- Consider living in transit villages
In the Home/Office
In the Know (Educate Yourself and Your Kids)
- Teach kids about air pollution: http://www2.epa.gov/education
- Free educational materials on air pollution: http://www.intheair.org/
- "What can I do to protect the ozone layer?" http://www.epa.gov/ozone/strathome.html
- Inform yourself on air quality in your area: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/r2k.htm.
- Listen to Radio Public Service Announcements:
- The Department of Energy released three radio public service announcements in English
and Spanish that provide easy tips for saving energy. These public services
announcements will be distributed to nearly 4,500 radio stations across the country by
the Alliance to Save Energy. (Part of the National "Easy Ways to Save Energy"
- Learn through fun activities:
Multi-Media Pollution Prevention
- NJ Green
- New Jersey's Global Warming Website
- Instead of pesticides, use alternative pest control methods ("integrated pest management"), such as biological and mechanical controls. Try substituting a mixture of ground up garlic and onions as a pesticide alternative for vegetable gardens.
- Reduce pesticide use by reading and following label instructions carefully.
- Buy clothing that doesn't require dry cleaning. For dry cleaning, use garment care services that don't use perchloroethylene.
- Purchase products made from recycled materials.
- Purchase products that can be recycled
- Purchase products with the least amount of packaging.
- Buy in bulk, refillables and concentrates.
- NJDEP Pollution Prevention and Right to Know
- USEPA Pollution Prevention