Sustainability

Earth Day 2019

To celebrate Earth Day 2019, team Sign Language XL worked alongside 200 other volunteers and Denver Parks and Recreation to help clean an 11-mile stretch of the South Platte River Trail in Denver. This was the second year Sign Language XL participated in a volunteer initiative on Earth Day, and we hope to continue this tradition for many years to come!

Volunteers spread 15 tons of crusher fines, spread 36 yards of mulch, removed 20 yards of plant debris and collected 1,200 gal of debris. With all of the volunteers’ time and energy today, we contributed over 1,000 hours to the trail clean up, saving Denver Parks and Recreation over $25,000!!

Special shout out to our volunteers: Chris H, Dylan, Vickey, Dara, and Ruben!!

 

Leaving no one behind. Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right.

World Water Day is celebrated as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Each year, UN-Water — the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future challenge.

This year’s theme is “Leaving no one behind.” This corresponds with Sustainable Development Goal 6, one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the UN in 2015. It calls for clean water and sanitation for all people by 2030.

Facts and Figures

  • Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population and is projected to rise. Over 1.7 billion people are currently living in river basins where water use exceeds recharge.
  • 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines.
  • Women and girls are responsible for water collection in 80% of households without access to water on premises

Bring water awareness into our own lives – how can we reduce consumption?

  1. Check your own consumption using this water footprint calculator
  2. Fix leaky pipes – you could be losing thousands of gallons annually
  3. Ensure appliances like your dishwasher and washing machine are full before using
  4. Think about the water footprint of the food you eat
  5. Get your shower times down to two songs, or about 8 minutes.

Check out this video for more information on the water crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_VcGFkiSbs

Clean up the ocean by celebrating National Skip the Straw Day with us! This day is a reminder of how important it is to move away from using single-use, disposable plastics in our every day lives.

Did you know?

  • 8 million tons of plastic trash flows every year into the world’s oceans.
  • It takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose and they can’t be recycled in most places.
  • Each year, 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from ingesting plastic.

Ways to Observe: The simplest way to observe is just by skipping the straws at restaurants and fast food joints. Below are some alternatives to plastic straws.

  • Bamboo straws are a renewable, reusable and biodegradable!
  • Paper straws, while still disposable, are biodegradable and from a renewable source.
  • Glass straws are coming in durable, colorful designs fit for a variety of beverages.
  • Stainless steel straws are an option for those of us who like our cold drinks really cold!

 

For National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, we want to encourage you to look for ways to reduce energy costs & usage. What can you do to conserve energy today?

  • Level up your bulbs: Energy-efficient light bulbs — which include halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) — use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional lighting and can last up to 25 times longer.
  • Use hibernation feature of computers and laptops: Hibernate feature in laptops and desktops allows you to save your existing work as it is and you can continue from the same point next day. Schedule your workstation to switch to hibernate mode after working hours and during weekends.
  • Reduce Paper and printer ink usage: Print only when necessary and only use color printing if color is vital to the success of the task. This will not only reduce paper and ink waste, but also helps to cut energy required to run printer which in turn reduces your energy cost and makes life of your printer longer.
  • Switch off equipment when not in use: Make sure to switch off all printers, scanners, microwave, lights, air conditioners, coffee vending machines during weekends or holidays. They continue to draw power even if they are plugged in. Switching them off after working hours will conserve energy and reduce your energy bill.
  • Get a free energy audit from your utility company: Many electric companies offer a free energy audit program to ensure that you’re using your energy efficiently. Call them up and see if they can send someone over to help you identify ways to trim your energy spending.
  • Keep control of your heating and cooling: Keeping your office or home temperature one degree down during winters and one degree up during summers can reduce the power it uses by up to 10%.
  • Address water leaks: Make sure to address any water leaks at your home or business. Small leaks may add up to many gallons of water and dollars wasted each month.

 

What We’re Doing

While the printing industry has a historic record of having a large environmental footprint due to ink and substrate usage, SLXL is committed to reducing our environmental impact. We do so through ongoing efforts to save energy and water, recycle, purchase environmentally preferable products, and help raise awareness of environmental issues. Here are just a few of the projects we have implemented to minimize our environmental impact:

  • SLXL partnered with one of its local material vendors to start participating in a free recycling program to recycle all plastic-based material waste. 
  • Both press operators and finishers are now able to recycle plastic-based material waste. 
  • Material scraps are picked up from SLXL’s vendor several times a month and sent back to a manufacturing plant to be extruded down to their raw form and recycled into new material. 
  • Previously, SLXL only offered an office recycling program for copy paper and cardboard, but its new initiative allows its production facility to get involved too.

“Both employees and customers take comfort in knowing we are taking additional steps to reduce our footprint wherever possible. Many of our customers are looking for better alternatives to lessen their environmental impact, whether that be with recycled and recyclable materials, or finding centers to recycle their materials after an event,”

– Beth Steele, Manager for Client Support.

In 2019, SLXL plans to move to a paperless workflow, keeping all work orders, client documentation, and invoicing digital. 

 

AEG 1 EARTH

Sign Language XL is proud to participate in AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s corporate environmental sustainability program. Through AEG 1EARTH, we:

  • Exchange environmental best practices with other venues
  • Track our environmental performance on a monthly basis, measuring energy consumption, water usage, and waste diversion
  • Contribute to AEG’s progress towards its 2020 Environmental Goals

 

To learn more about AEG’s sustainability efforts and progress towards its 2020 Environmental Goals, please visit the AEG 1EARTH website and read AEG’s Sustainability Report.

 

What You Can Do

We’re doing our best to reduce our environmental impact and hope you will join us in our efforts. Here are a few tips to make your visit to Sign Language XL more environmentally friendly:

  • Consider walking, biking, taking public transit, or carpooling to avoid traffic, save on gas and parking, and reduce your carbon footprint. Get directions here.
  • Help us increase our recycling rate by placing all waste and recyclables into designated receptacles – if you aren’t sure where to put something, please ask!
  • Turn off water faucets when you’re finished – let us know if you spot any leaks.
  • Use only as many disposable items (e.g., paper towels, napkins, utensils) as you need.

 

SLXL Earth Day 2018

 

We completed our first SLXL Earth Day Initiative and it was awesome! The Sign Language Team worked alongside around 400 volunteers from the community to help beautify City Park. We hope this is the first of many opportunities for our team to provide service to our community, and we hope many others will continue to participate!

Here are a few of the incredible stats from today’s event:

  • 3,364 trees in City Park were spread with 648 yards of mulch – that equates to over 27 dump trucks filled with mulch!
  • 100 tons of crusher fine (gravel) was spread on the trail along the running trails, that’s 8,629 feet of trail!  *Our SLXL Team was responsible for graveling the trails!*
  • 30 gallons of stain was used to freshen-up the wooden playground
  • 70 gallons of paint was utilized to paint all of the picnic tables, 42 dumpsters, 74 trash cans, and almost a mile of yellow curb along the park
  • With all of the volunteers’ time and energy today, we contributed over 1,500 hours to City Park improvements, saving the City of Denver over $36,000!!!