It’s a rather annoying thing to “spring ahead” when in reality we all feel like we “fall behind” by losing that precious one hour. It’s amazing that one hour can make such a difference! Growing up in the Midwest, this topic of Daylight Saving Time (note: it is called Daylight “Saving” Time not Daylight “Savings” Time) was, well, a huge topic of conversation. After all, the Midwest is the heart of America where most of the farming takes place. There are actually entire articles and books written about Daylight Saving Time with proven side effects. Several of which are highlighted in this article by the Mother Nature Network. So being that we are a Sustainability company, how, do you ask, will I tie the two together? Well in preparing for this blog entry, I thought, one hour…makes such a difference in all of our lives. For about a week or so, we feel the side effects. So what if everyone did their small part, to make a large impact on our environment. Can you even imagine how much better our environmental conditions might be! If EVERYONE recycled, if EVERYONE quit using plastic grocery bags, if EVERYONE picked up litter. Those small acts could have meaningful and long term side effects. The idea; start small to make a big impact. Just like Daylight Saving Time, if we could spring ahead and make the small conscious decisions in our daily lives, imagine the big impact, but this impact wouldn’t just last for a few days or weeks. No, it would last for generations to come.
By: Jessica Lieberman, Director of Marketing, LEED AP ID+C
Sustainability + LEED Consulting, Energy Modeling, Building Commissioning
The Spinnaker Group Inc.