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  Although It might seem there's nothing you  can do about global warming locally. You think  the problem is just too big.

  As you know, we all contribute to the process  of global warming. All of us have a "carbon  footprint" the carbon dioxide emissions that  we help create when we drive, fly or use  electricity.

  The first step you can take to fight global  warming is to reduce your carbon footprint  through conservation. Drive less. Turn down  the thermostat. and Buy locally produced  goods.

Saving Energy at Work!

Manage office equipment energy use better

Office equipment and electronics use energy even when idle or on stand-by. To save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at work, always activate the power management features on your computer and monitor, unplug laptop power cords when not in use and turn off equipment and lights at the end of the day. Consider using a power strip that can be turned off when you're done using your computers, printers, wireless routers and other electronics.

Look for ENERGY STAR qualified products for the Office


pictureWhen buying new products for your office at work or at home, get the features and performance you want and help reduce greenhouse gases and emissions of air pollutants. Look for ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment, such as computers, copiers, and printers, in addition to more than 50 product categories, including lighting, heating and cooling equipment and commercial appliances.

Ask your office building manager if your office building has earned the ENERGY STAR.

ENERGY STAR-labeled buildings provide safe, healthy, and productive environments that use about 35 percent less energy than average buildings. Their efficient use of energy also reduces the total operational cost of the building.

Use less energy for your commute

Switch to public transportation, carpooling, biking, telecommuting and other innovative ways to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on your way to and from work. Encourage your employer to offer commuter benefits that address limited or expensive parking, reduce traffic congestion, improve employee recruiting and retention and minimize the environmental impacts associated with drive-alone commuting. If you do drive, find out the fuel efficiency of your vehicle using EPA's and DOE's fuel economy Web site, and make more environmentally-informed choices when purchasing your next vehicle by using EPA's Green Vehicle Guide.