Every Day is Earth Day: County of Santa Clara Offers Tips for Residents to Reduce Environmental Footprint
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. — While April 22 is officially Earth Day, conservation and sustainability practices are every day goals. That is why the County of Santa Clara is using the month of April to promote tips and activities that help everybody tread a little lighter on the planet.
The County now has a comprehensive list of environmentally friendly ideas and incentives on our new dedicated Earth Day page, at www.sccgov.org/earthday, with links to various programs and opportunities supported by the County of Santa Clara.
Opportunities abound at all levels of involvement. Here are some starter ideas:
Save trees and tax dollars by choosing to view your voting materials electronically. There are over 1 million registered voters in Santa Clara County, and every one of them get a printed voting guide in the mail, unless they opt out of paper materials in favor of an electronic format – it’s easy to do online!
Mind that recycling – learn the do’s and don’ts and why it’s important to cut down on plastic consumption. Follow the County’s Recycle Right guides to figure out which plastics can be recycled in your city but, better yet, limit your use of plastics.
Be water wise – at least half of the water used in a typical Santa Clara County home is used outdoors! Get paid to replace your landscaping with drought-tolerant, native plants that use less water through Valley Water’s rebate program.
Use care with hazardous materials. What do used motor oil, extra paint, and leftover medications have in common? They’re all classified as hazardous waste and need to be disposed of safely. Luckily, Santa Clara County collects all these items! If you’ve got these items sitting around, learn more about how to dispose them here.
Being an Earth ally can also be fun – County Parks is holding an Earth Day poster contest for kids, and residents are encouraged to explore all the options available to get in tune with nature at the myriad parks in Santa Clara County. You can also check out a farmers’ market for your fix of sustainably grown fruits and veggies. Every little effort helps!
Interested? Find more great green solutions, natural resource opportunities, and learn about the County’s response to climate change at www.sccgov.org/earthday.
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About the County of Santa Clara, California
The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, California, making it more populous than 14 states in the U.S. The County provides essential services to its residents, including public health protection, environmental stewardship, medical services through the County of Santa Clara Health System, child and adult protection services, homelessness prevention and solutions, roads, park services, libraries, emergency response to disasters, protection of minority communities and those under threat, access to a fair criminal justice system, and many other public benefits.