Need Tips to Stay Green this Season?

Looking to make your holidays a bit more “green” this year? Whatever the holiday, everyone should agree on preserving our environment during their celebrations. Here are some great (and easy!) tips to do just that:

  • Give the Gift of Time –  There’s so much waste during the holidays. This is a great time to teach kids that the best things in life aren’t really things at all! Think about gifts of time instead. Bringing people together and planning activities can really bring out the holiday spirit.
  • Deck the Halls Naturally – Instead of expensive & store bought decor, why not decorate with items found in nature like pinecones for ornaments, boughs for garland or cinnamon and cranberries for table arrangements.
  • Recycled Wrapping Paper – Ever thought of reusing those brown paper bags from the grocery store? Tie with raffia and some holly or greenery to make a custom (and earth friendly) gift package.
  • Light Up the Holidays with LED Bulbs – Thankfully, the new generation of holiday lighting uses far less electricity than from days past. LED lights are ultra-efficient and energy saving.
  • Freshen the Air Naturally – Instead of artificial air fresheners, try homemade scents like hot mulled cider, evergreen boughs, fresh apples and cinnamon sticks. (And don’t forget that favorite smell of fresh baked cookies!)
  • Consider Alternatives to Traditional Holiday Cards – Why not try an e-card this year? In addition to saving paper and money on stamps, you don’t need all that extra time for shipping so there’s still time! Now that’s a win-win.

 

Have a happy holiday season, everyone!

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Client Quotes of the Day

Positive customer feedback from our wonderful Navy clients:

“Great training. Much needed throughout the military… straight to the point.”

“I love this training because it was very simple and easy to understand. There were also visuals to help identify and remember locations and types of storage tanks. The information was just enough and not too overwhelming.”

“Informative refresher. It was an excellent Environmental Awareness Training.”

“keep up the good work.”

“The training is very well presented.  Easy to understand and comprehend.”

 “You guys did an amazing job creating this training and keep up the great work.”

Way to stay updated on your training, Navy! Keep up the good work.

Did you know?

Did you know that October is Children’s Health Month? Thanks to the EPA’s helpful link below, you can find local events and learn how you can help protect children from environmental risks at home, at school, and in your community.

Check it out now at: https://www.epa.gov/children/childrens-health-month-2017

Hurricane Irma – Are You Prepared?

With the threat of Hurricane Irma approaching, it is critical that everyone prepares themselves and their loved ones for damage. As of today, the category 5 storm is racing at 175 MPH with reports of it being the “strongest Atlantic hurricane in 10 years.” If you’re in the projected path (and we at ECATTS just may be), it’s time to get ready.

Here are a few reminders of how to plan and also what not to do:

DO:

  1. Get your supplies:
  • Water
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Batteries & flashlights
  • Battery powered radio
  • Baby items (if applicable)
    • Food, diapers, formula, wipes, medications if needed, extra clothing
  • Pet supplies
    • Food, medicine, extra cage, leash, collars & tags, medical records
  • Cash
  • First Aid kit
  • Phone numbers and medical contacts
  • Paper products (toilet paper & towels)
  • Pack bags with important records & information if you need to leave your home quickly

2. Refill prescription medications

3. Make an evacuation plan (if you have any pets, make sure to find hotels that will            accept them beforehand)

Here’s link to read more about what to include in your supply kit: https://weather.com/safety/hurricane/news/things-to-get-during-hurricane-emergency-supply-run#/1

Do NOT:

  1. DON’T tape the windows – it does almost no good
  2. DON’T run a generator indoors – carbon monoxide emissions are deadly
  3. DON’T use a charcoal or gas grill indoors – carbon monoxide and fire risks are too great
  4. DON’T walk in flooded waters – alligators, snakes, downed power lines and sewage could be in the water
  5. DON’T stay after an evacuation is ordered – rescuers may not come in the height of the storm
  6. DON’T forget about your pets – they are part of your family too

 

Stay safe out there!

Air Quality improves in the U.S.

A recent release from the EPA states that Air Quality continues to improve in the U.S. with the combined emissions of six key pollutants dropping by 73% in the last 46 years:

  • “Lead (3-month average) ↓99 percent
  • Carbon monoxide (8-hour) ↓ 77 percent
  • Sulfur dioxide (1-hour) ↓ 85 percent
  • Nitrogen dioxide (annual) ↓ 56 percent
  • Ground-level ozone (8-hour) ↓ 22 percent
  • Coarse Particulate Matter (24-hour) ↓ 39 percent and Fine Particulate Matter        (24-hour) ↓ 44 percent”

This significant progress to our air quality highlights the importance of the Clean Air Act and how education is essential to maintain a healthy environment.

ECATTS offers targeted environmental curriculum training and individual modules in Air/ Emissions, General Environmental Compliance and much more. Check out what ECATTS training can do for you now at: https://training.ecatts.com/ppCatalogAll?stateName=Select+a+state&state=

To view EPA’s full article, visit: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/air-quality-continues-improve-while-us-economy-continues-grow

Great System Feedback from the Air Force

Always a pleasure to hear such positive feedback from our Air Force clients:

“Excellent training material.”

“ I like the fact that the training is simple yet efficient. This [topic] is something I have seen for years and is quite important.”

“Good length, precise and short. Being able to work through the test and the material at the same time saves time while insuring information is learned.”

“ AWESOME TEST.”

“ I like the audio that goes along with [it].”

“Great learning tools.”

It’s Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is upon us, now through the end of November. Stay smart and stay safe by preparing yourself and your family for a potential disaster.

Below are some of the top hurricane preparedness tips to help you weather a storm:

  1. Create an evacuation plan
  2. Build an emergency kit:

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air), plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

 

3. Ensure access to radio broadcasts for information and updates

 

4. Protect windows with storm shutters or plywood (and store all unsecured outdoor items from blowing away)

 

5. Be informed and ready (Learn your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan evacuation routes or locations of nearby shelters. Register family members with special needs or requirements and make a plan for your pets.)

 

6. The Red Cross Emergency App can help provide guidance on what to do before, during and after hurricanes (redcross.org/apps).