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Easy Steps to Live More Sustainably

Release Date: January 24, 2024

Big changes start with small steps. Your carbon or ecological footprint is a measure of how much impact your life has on earth systems. You can reduce your footprint by gradually shifting to sustainable practices and products. Here are some steps you can take to live more sustainably:

  • Reuse your coffee grounds in your garden to help it flourish.
  • Break the plastic water bottle habit and, instead, invest in a nontoxic reusable bottle.
  • Bring your own reusable bag to the store whenever possible. 
  • Eat locally and buy from local farmers. Visit a local farmer’s market or grow your own vegetables.
  • Stop your junk mail. Leverage online resources to help you opt out of paper bills and junk mail.
  • Downshift driving whenever possible. Take public transportation, carpool, ride your bicycle, or walk.

Your Employee Assistance Program is Here to Support

If you need assistance or resources, contact your Component Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP can assist in providing resources and information on various caregiving topics. EAP support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information or for help in contacting your EAP, send an email to your DHS Work-Life specialists at worklife@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 01/24/2024
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