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Environmental Wellness

Environmental Wellness is the ability to coexist in the Environment in a positive and sustaining way for the environment that you exist in.


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Please check out the Sustainability Programs on campus: http://www.albright.edu/sustainability/index.html

USE ECO FRIENDLY HOME CLEANING SOLUTIONS:

  • Baking Soda - cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours.
  • Soap - unscented soap in liquid form, flakes, powders or bars is biodegradable and will clean just about anything. Avoid using soaps which contain petroleum distillates.
  • Lemon - one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria.
  • Borax - (sodium borate) cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors.
  • White Vinegar - cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
  • Washing Soda - or SAL Soda is sodium carbonate decahydrate, a mineral. Washing soda cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans wall, tiles, sinks and tubs. Use care, as washing soda can irritate mucous membranes. Do not use on aluminum.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol - is an excellent disinfectant. (It has been suggested to replace this with ethanol or 100 proof alcohol in solution with water. There is some indication that isopropyl alcohol buildup contributes to illness in the body. See http://drclark.ch/g)
  • Cornstarch - can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs.
  • Citrus Solvent - cleans paint brushes, oil and grease, some stains. (Citrus solvent may cause skin, lung or eye irritations for people with multiple chemical sensitivities.)

http://eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm

RECYCLE

  • Place bottles and cans in the appropriate containers both on and off campus
  • Look for the green and blue recycle containers in the buildings and offices.   All recycle materials are comingled and sorted at the recycle location.
  • Compost leaves and grass clippings
  • Donate clothes, shoes, books, and automobiles
  • Reuse grocery bags and containers

USE NATIVE PLANTS

  • They provide an ecological benefit to the environment.   Since they have adapted to local conditions they are more resistant to pest problems and need less water. 
  • They provide food and shelter to insects, birds, bees,  butterflies and other creatures
  • Look for many listings  under "Native Plants in PA" on the internet or call your local extension office.  In Berks County the phone number is (610)378-1327.
  • Albright's Horticulturist, Frances Torcivia, has extensive lists of natives and information which can be replicated upon request.   She is at ext. 5622.

REPLACE PESTICIDES WITH NATURAL SOLUTIONS

  • One teaspoon of dish soap in one quart of water will control a large range of garden pests.
  • Mites and aphids can be removed from shrubs with a hard spray from a garden hose.
  • One tablespoon of olive oil added to one quart of water with a few drops of liquid soap is an effective way to smother pests and their eggs.

DISPOSE OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS PROPERLY

  • On campus periodic collection dates are posted for materials to be taken to our Science building.   Freida Texter Ph.D. is the contact person for that operation.  She is at ext. 7747


Hazardous Waste pickups for 2014

Berks County Solid Waste Authority:  (610) 478-6362   www.co.berks.pa.us

  • Hazardous Waste – April 19, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Governor Mifflin Intermediate School
    600 Governor Drive
    Shillington, PA 19607

  • Pharmaceutical Collection and Paper Shredding – April 26, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Governor Mifflin Intermediate School
    600 Governor Drive
    Shillington, PA 19607

  • Pharmaceutical Collection and Paper Shredding – October 11, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    First Energy Stadium
    1900 Centre Avenue
    Reading, PA 19605

  • Hazardous Waste – October 18, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    First Energy Stadium
    1900 Centre Avenue
    Reading, PA 19605

  • Tire and Electrionic Collection – Open Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 8:00 a.m. – Noon
    Electronic Recycling Center
    1316 Hilltop Road
    Leesport, PA 19533