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Changing Printer Fonts Saves Ink and Money

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has switched it's default printer font and asked faculty and staff to use Century Gothic.  This font uses 30% less ink to print than the previous default font Arial. The university expects to save $5,000 to $10,000 a year on ink and toner cartridge expenses.  Depending on how much you print, you could save up to $20.00 a year by changing to Century Gothic on your home computer/printer.  See related news stories: Change your font and save $20 annually, Changing font can save you some green on ink, The right font can save you money.

By MPPL on April 8, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Earth Day Activities from the Mount Prospect Park District (1)

Do you have electronics that you no longer use taking up space in your home? Why not recycle them? You can drop off electronics to be recycled at the Friendship Park Conservatory from 11am-3pm April 22-24. To see a detailed list of what items are accepted, visit

By MPPL on April 6, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Family Friendly Earth Day Activity in Long Grove

Are you looking for a fun family friendly activity to celebrate Earth Day? Why not join the Long Grove Park District on Saturday, April 18, for their Spring Egg Hunt and Earth Day Event. The event is to be held at the Reed-Turner Woodlands Nature Preserve (3849 Old McHenry Road in Long Grove) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information on this event, call the Long Grove Park District at 847-438-4743 or visit

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Illinois ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate Program

This program provides incentives for Illinois consumers to replace older appliances with specific residential ENERGY STAR qualified appliances.  The new appliances must be purchased in Illinois through participating retail stores.  Point of purchase rebates on ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners will be available for items purchased from participating retailers during April 16 – 25, 2010.  For more information and a list of participating retailers: Energy Star Rebates. 

By MPPL on March 31, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Earth Hour 2010

Turn your lights off for an hour at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 to show your concern for climate change: Earth Hour 2010.  People all over the world will turn off their lights at 8:30 p.m. local time. 2010 is the third consecutive year in which the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago are participating, and Chicago’s skyline will once again be in the spotlight. Icons such as the Chicago Theatre, Navy Pier, Willis Tower, Merchandise Mart, the Wrigley Building and Trump International Hotel and Towers will be among the more than 200 downtown buildings turning out their exterior lights.

By MPPL on March 22, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Recycle Your Old Electronics

On Saturday, March 27, 2010 The City of Des Plaines will be having a free electronics drop off from 9:00 am to noon.

Des Plaines Public Works Facility
1111 Joseph J. Schwab Rd
(847) 391-5300

Items accepted:
computer components
phone equipment
handheld electronics
DVDs    VCRs    Televisions

By MPPL on March 17, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Green Shopping

Looking for green places to shop? Then checkout the green pages! The National Green Pages is a directory of nearly 3,000 green businesses nationwide.  What does it mean to be a green business? According to the Green Pages website, "Green businesses operate in ways that solve, rather than cause, both environmental and social problems. These businesses adopt principles, policies, and practices that improve the quality of life for their customers, their employees, communities, and the environment."  Click here to find green businesses in your area: .

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What To Do if a CFL Light Bulb Breaks

Before you clean it up: Have everyone leave the room, including pets. Do not walk through the area where the bulb broke. Open a window and leave the room for at least 15 minutes. Shut off your central forced-air heating/cooling system.

Cleaning up hard surfaces: Clean up glass pieces and powder using cardboard or stiff paper and place in a jar with a metal lid or a sealed plastic bag. Use tape (such as duct tape) to pick up any remaining fragments. Clean the area with a damp paper towel or disposable wet wipe, and then place it in a glass jar or sealed plastic bag. DO NOT VACUUM OR USE A BROOM TO CLEAN UP THE BREAKAGE ON HARD SURFACES.

Cleaning up on carpeting or rugs: Carefully pick up fragments and place in a glass jar with a metal lid or a sealed plastic bag. Use tape to pick up any remaining fragments and powder. If vacuuming is still needed after visible materials have been removed, make sure to remove the vacuum bag, or empty and clean the canister, and dispose of the contents in a sealed plastic bag. For the next several times you vacuum, be sure to shut off the heating/cooling system and open a window before vacuuming, and keep them that way for 15 or more minutes after vacuuming is finished.

Cleaning up clothing, bedding, and soft materials: If clothing or other material comes into direct contact with the broken glass or the mercury-containing powder from the bulb, it should be thrown away. DO NOT wash clothing or bedding as the mercury fragments can contaminate the machine as well as pollute the water. You can wash clothing or other fabrics that have been contaminated by the mercury vapor (for example, the clothing you were wearing when you cleaned up the broken bulb, as long as it did not come into direct contact with the bulb or powder). If your shoes come into direct contact with the broken bulb or mercury-containing powder, wipe with a damp paper towel and place in a glass jar or plastic bag.

Disposal of contaminated material: Place all clean-up materials outdoors in the trash. Wash your hands after disposing of the clean-up materials. Check with your local or state government as some do not allow this type of material to be disposed of with the rest of your trash, but instead require that broken and unbroken mercurcy-containing bulbs be taken to a recycling center.

By julie collins on March 12, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Consider Shoe Repair

Now that the season's have started to change to the warmer time of year, many of us like to spruce up our wardrobes with new clothes and shoes.  Before you head out to the stores, first look in your closet and see if any of your worn (and probably favorite) shoes could be rejuvenated by a a good shoe repair shop.  Maybe all they need is a good polishing.  The more we can reuse, the less that goes in to the landfill.  The Shoe Service Institute of America can help you locate a reputable shoe repair shop near you.  To read more about recycling your shoes: Resole, Recycle, Reuse.

By MPPL on March 9, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized

Eco-friendly Spring Break/St. Patrick’s Day

When you're off for spring break to have a good time partying or celebrating St. Patty's Day, there's a few choices you can make to minimize your carbon footprint.  Draft beer is more eco-friendly than bottled beer and even more so if you opt for a glass mug instead of a plastic cup.  Read more about greening your spring break.

By julie collins on March 4, 2010 Categories: Uncategorized