How will you celebrate World Environment Day?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks

Today is World Environment Day. How will you celebrate it? On June 5 1972, Protect our environmentthe United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was born.  That conference was established by the United Nations General Assembly and ran from June 5-16.

The first World Environment Day was then celebrated in 1973, and this yearly commemoration is intended to stimulate awareness of the environment and to focus political and public action.

Each year it is hosted by a different city with a different theme, commemorated with an international exposition in that city that lasts a week.  In recent years it has been held in San Francisco, in Algeria, in Tromso, Norway, in Wellington, New Zealand, and last year it was in Mexico.

This year the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) chose Pittsburgh to be the North
Give a helping handAmerican host city.  This year's theme is "Many Species: One Planet, One Future." In addition, they chose Rwanda as this year's global host city, due to its amazing biodiversity and great strides in environmental protection, despite all of their difficulties.

Even though the official celebration will not be in your city, there are things you can do.  There are activities organized worldwide, including clean-ups, concerts, exhibits, film festivals, community events, and more neighborhood-oriented functions that are less formally organized.

How about getting together with some of your friends and neighbors to finally get rid of some of the items you've been meaning to lose.  Hold a neighborhood yard sale to let others recycle some things you no longer need, donate what doesn't sell to the Salvation Army or other charity, do a neighborhood yard cleanup and use the proceeds from everyone's yard sale to rent a truck and pay dump fees for the debris generated by your work. 
neighborhood cleanup

In Sacramento County, we can call and make an appointment for the county's neighborhood clean-up truck to come out, and they will haul away whatever we leave at the curb at no cost, as long as the piles at each home are no more than 6 feet in diameter and 3 feet high.  They will pick up from one house or many, and it is a free service.  If you live here, you can keep your yard sale proceeds, as the truck rental and dump fees aren't required.

Another great thing about Sacramento County is our great electricity provider, SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District).  You can call them for an appointment to have an arborist come out to your home and help you decide where trees could be planted to provide shade and help you to reduce your heating and cooling costs.  Then, they will provide the shade
share garden cuttingstrees and teach you how to plant and care for them.  Once again - all free!  And their electricity rates are lower than other providers in the area because they are owned and operated by the City of Sacramento.

SMUD also gives great free seminars on how to do other things to reduce your energy use, and they provide low-interest loans to area residents to replace windows, HVAC systems, and make other energy improvements to their homes.  At the time our own HVAC system was dying, I got a loan from SMUD to have a whole new system installed.  The monthly payments on the system were $75 and we saved about $125 per month  electric bills - a no brainer!

SMUS provides all different sizes, wattages and shapes of energy-saving CFL lightbulbs to the Sacramento Association of Realtors (SAR), which SAR sells to Realtors to offer to their clients.  The price is lower than at regular retail outlets, and the proceeds go to a scholarship fund sponsored by the members of SAR.  I regularly give my listing clients a new supply of these lightbulbs to keep their homes bright for showings and to my buyer clients for their new homes, in addition to any other closing gift.

How will you celebrate World Environment Day?  Is there a beach or park in your area that could use a family to come out and pick up some trash, or an elderly neighbor whose lawn
beautify your neighborhoodneeds to be mowed?  Maybe in the spirit of biodiversity, you could share some cuttings from your plants with others, along with a little card that gives them planting and care instructions.   The whole neighborhood could participate in  trading cuttings, and beautify and whole block at no cost. 

Perhaps you could call your favorite local Realtor and ask how you can get some CFL lightbulbs for yourself or to help another family.  In our area, you can probably get some for free from your Realtor, or at least at a nominal cost.  Many Realtors are community-minded and would want to help.

I'd love to hear what kinds of things you will be doing, and remember:  it's not too late if you can't get it done this week.  There are another 51 weeks in the year in which our environment still needs attention, and planning and carrying out such projects can be a lot of fun.


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Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

I didn't even know this was a day! I think we are all so familiar with Earth Day. Thanks for making us aware. Today I do plan to clean up some junk and donate or recycle what I can...

Jun 05, 2010 09:14 AM #1
Judi Boad

Hi Susan,

I like to honor our environment every day. Little things we do each day can have a huge impact during the course of a year!

Thank you for the ideas and reminder to treat our planet with love and respect!

Best regards,

Jun 05, 2010 09:17 AM #2
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Hi Susan, When is World Environment Day?  I haven't heard anything about this day except your post...

Jun 05, 2010 09:25 AM #3
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Michael and Chris - World Environment Day is always on June 5 of each year.  It is put on by the UN and is a big deal, even though it doesn't get the media attention that Earth Day does.  Earth Day was started by individuals who knew how to promote it better, obviously.  Both are great ways to educate and promote caring for our earth.

Judi - You are right that the little things we do each day make a huge difference, but by focusing attention on it a couple of times a year, it does remind us all to do even more.

Jun 05, 2010 10:19 AM #4
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Susan, There sure is a lot in this post. While I don't have much to say about the UN, there are some programs they sponsor that do make very good sense. World Environment Day comes to mind. We all need to take better care of our environment and do it with regularity. 

Jun 05, 2010 10:39 AM #5
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi William - I guess I did stuff a lot of information into one post, but I did want to let people know about this special day as well as what they can do.

Jun 05, 2010 01:31 PM #6
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Hello Susan, I've not heard of "World Environment Day" either.  You make many great suggestions and have utilized some of them.

Lastly:  I think "World Environment Day" should have been in Louisiana this year!!

Jun 05, 2010 02:11 PM #7
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Nick - That may be a great idea.  Maybe you could get someone to take a look at having it somewhere along the Golf Coast - that area could use something good for a change.

Jun 05, 2010 02:28 PM #8
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