Project Angel Heart News
Here at Project Angel Heart, we are committed to operating in the most sustainable way possible in regards to our carbon footprint, in hopes of improving quality of life not just for our clients but for our organization and community as a whole.
Here are just a few of the ways we’re working to be more green:
- Our recent Art for Life event used compostable containers and cutlery, including bowls, napkins, plates, spoons, forks, and cups. Both volunteers and signs directed guests to dispose of waste in the correct bin. This hopefully will significantly reduce the amount of trash produced from the event.
- We installed solar panels on the roof of our new facility, which are contributing to the energy usage in the building. In fact, the total energy generated equals more than five tons of CO2 saved. The energy generated also equals more than 700 gallons of gas saved and is enough to light forty-six (sixty watt) light bulbs for eight hours a day for an entire year!
- Project Angel Heart has its own garden that is planted with vegetables and herbs specifically requested by our chefs for inclusion in client meals and volunteer and donor treats. These include zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, Swiss chard, and herbs such as chives. We purposefully chose crops that can be harvested continuously for a significant portion of the growing season, rather than plants that have to be reseeded after every harvest, making our garden even more productive and sustainable.
- Our staff also routinely uses half-used paper that would normally be thrown out by local corporations as its regular office paper, ordering and printing on fresh paper only when absolutely necessary. Our regular recycling and composting of agency waste diverts more than half of our refuse out of landfills.
- Other sustainability efforts include: ordering antibiotic and hormone-free meat whenever available and affordable, and asking donors to go green by requesting only electronic acknowledgments and/or only year-end acknowledgements rather than a separate letter for every gift.