Meghan’s Sustainable Office Tips: Reuse Junk Mail

Reuse Junk Mail Before You Recycle It!

Although I am someone who is very concerned with environmental sustainability, there are certain unsustainable practices that are easy to fall prey to when you are working in an urban office space. I try to work on ways to make office life less wasteful and more resourceful. So I’m going to be posting about some of the small things that I like to do to in order to be more conscientious of resources & waste while at work.

Yes, you should recycle, recycle, recycle. But before you toss all that junk mail into the blue box, think about its possibilities! The envelopes and the backs of letter paper are pristine surfaces to write on. It takes just a few minutes for me cut up this pile of “junk” and transform it into note paper. Then I’m using it to its full potential before sending it off to be recycled!

It’s also important to consider simply cutting down on the amount of junk mail your workplace receives. If you have a fax machine, get off those spam fax lists! It’s worth taking a few moments each week or two to fax, email, or call in to subscribe from junk mail and junk faxes!

I’d love to hear what you all are doing as well! Please send me your tips and I’ll post them all up here.

Exploring the Weekend Wilderness

Despite dedicating so much time to educating about our local environments and sharing people’s sustainability stories, it still can be a challenge to carve out some time to enjoy the nature around me. It doesn’t help when it’s freezing cold and the sun sets before six, either! This past weekend, I managed to escape from urban life for a little while to the Virginia wilderness! Here are some photos from my adventure.

Virginia Wilderness (Photo by Meghan Filoromo)
Virginia Wilderness (Photo by Meghan Filoromo)
Virginia Wilderness (Photo by Meghan Filoromo)
Virginia Wilderness (Photo by Meghan Filoromo)

Environmental Education Event on Monday, March 4th!

Spring into Science Education Expo: Monday March 4
Monday, March 4th, 2013
4:30pm to 7:00pm
in the lobby of the United Way Building (1709 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103)
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On Monday, March 4th, 2013, our EcoExpress program will co-host the Spring into Science Education expo with the Philadelphia Education Fund’s Math+Science Coalition. In its third year, Spring into Science Education is a FREE networking & educational event for local educators. Educators of grades K through 12 will learn about inspiring resources and ideas that can be immediately brought back into the classroom!

Highlights of the Spring into Science Education expo include:

  • The premiere of our newest documentary on Rain Gardens
  • Exhibits by Local Environmental, Science, and Math Education Experts
  • Hands-On Activity Demonstrations
  • Refreshments
  • Prizes
  • And more!



Participating Organizations Include:

Bartram’s Garden, Delaware Valley Green Building Council’s Green Schools Program, Earth Force, Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, iPRAXIS, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia Science Festival, Philadelphia Water Department Public Education, Weavers Way Community Programs, and more to be announced