The Green Team at PCH

 

The PCH Green Team is our featured topic today, in honor of Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

PCH Green Logo

Publishers Clearing House has always recognized the importance of being a good corporate citizen.  Part of that responsibility is doing business in a way that minimizes our impact on the environment.

Originally conceived as the PCH Environmental Paper Task Force in Spring 2007, the group of dedicated Publishers Clearing House employees was established to focus primarily on procurement of paper and packaging materials that are sourced in an environmentally responsible manner, and to explore opportunities for sustainability-focused marketing efficiencies.  Now dubbed “The Green Team“, their goals have become more all-encompassing to include company-wide efforts affecting energy usage, office paper reduction, and other reduce, reuse and recycling initiatives.

The PCH Green Team communicates regularly with all PCHers to remind us about recycling and other office waste reduction initiatives, as well as to give us tips about quick and easy-to-remember energy and money-saver ideas, like the following:

  • Turn out your lights whenever you leave your office.  Most of us do this at home and for the same reason (it saves money), it’s a good idea to do it at work, too.
  • Think twice before clicking the print button.  Do you really need a hard copy of a document that you can easily reference on your computer?
  • Duplex (front and back) print whenever you can.  Less paper means less waste and less cost to the company.

The PCH Green Team works with our facilities department to help make recycling easy by placing recycling bins in convenient locations, such as this one in the dining room at sweepstakes headquarters in Port Washington.

PCH Recycling Center

They also collect batteries for recycling – check out this huge drum being prepared for proper disposal!

PCH Battery Recycling

Every year the PCH Green Team issues an annual status report to share their progress and goals.  Impressive reductions in power usage at our facilities were achieved through lighting efficiencies, automated HVAC control systems and upgrades to our IT system, printers and monitors, as detailed in the team’s 2011 Status Report, entitled, “Continuing Our Commitment to Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility.” You can view a copy of the report online by clicking its title in the previous sentence.

I am proud to be a PCHer for many reasons, including Publishers Clearing House’s commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility. Ever since my days as a high school student when I attended a rally in Philadelphia on the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, I have been inspired to do my part to “save the Earth” in whatever ways I can and I’m glad the company I work for helps to support those efforts.

Did you take part in the first Earth Day?  Or, are you planning to participate in this year’s “Billion Acts of Green” campaign?  Let us know your memories or current activities — we’d love to hear about them!

Deborah HollandPeace,

Deborah Holland

Executive Vice President

PCH Publishers Clearing House




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Curtis Martin said...

Since I work nights, I turn off anywhere between 40 and 50 lights every night. Also, if I have to go between 1 and 3 floors, I take the stairs instead of the elevator.

At home, I switched all my light to the energy lights and my bill went from an average of $120 to $76. Then I learned about the L.E.D lights and my first month bill was $20+ including taxes. Now my bill averages $36 because I’m on my Laptop and watch TV more. :)

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MICHAEL R said...

RECYCLING IS A NEW ALTERNATIVE IN WASTE MANAGMENT MOST ITEMS LIKE PLASTIC BOTTLE, AND OTHERS SUCH AS ALUMINIUM CANS, GLASS BOTTLES, CAN BE PUT BACK INTO OUR COMMUNITIES MOST OF THE OTHER WASTE MATERIALS CAN BE RETURN INTO ENERGY FUEL LIKE ELECTRICITY TO BE PUMPED BACK INTO THE ENVIROMENT AS CLEAN ENERGY THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR CITIES AND OTHER PEOPLE ALIKE IN COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS AMERICA. TO TAKE SERIOUSLY INTO PRATICE RECYCLING FOR A BETTER TOMORROW “GOING GREEN IS A WINNER” RECYCLE TODAY!

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Norma Carroll said...

We save our grocery plastic bags and reuse them for bathroom trash bags. I use the plastic bags to pack away breakable items.
I grind up our yard leaves with our yard vacumn and use for the flowerbed sometimes. That is all I can think of this time of the morning. ha

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Harry Brotten said...

The more the word gets out on recycleing the more people will.

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Latoya Richardson said...

add your comment here i went the green way by not buying certain big bags of chips i like before that used paper. I love my sunchips that are “go green” made bags! I now started to do alot of my business in person for them to document my info on the computer instead of faxing and mailing paper document info. I use lcd lights in my home now. My family and i like it takes a little of a sec. On how the lights come on. Its really cool!!! I went to my local recycling bin place and got more recycling bins for my neighbors. They said the reason why i dont recycled is because i was too lazy to go and get one myself. I said no excuse now right…. You have one!. We all put our recycling bins out when their due. I even bought some new plants to give out more oxygen in my home now! I noticed the difference these little plants did for our home….. We breathe more relaxed, we have other human beings in our homenow and they even give off a beautiful scenery. Thank you go green!!! Your terrific!!!!!!!!

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Lisa eNters & would love a BIG win said...

Hiii Deborah!
W O W, tks 4 posting this!
Happy Earth day & holiday(s) 2 u & all!!
A PCH green team?! This post- almost- leaves me speechless!:’D !@#$%^&*(

Hello to u CURTIS & MICHAEL!! LOL

HEY PPL, know what!?… I DOUBLE DOG DARE YA TO BE GREEN (AS POSS) EACH & EVERYDAY, starting w today!!!
reduce, reuse, recycle!?

shh.. just told my nana yesterday, I’m not going w her to buy anymore sprite/cans if she doesn’t recycle em’!
hehe.. SHE OF COURSE KNOWS the importance of these things!this is y.

..looks like PCH has the right idea here already!!;) makes me happy! LOL

now just where’s that hybrid prize patrol vehicle, PCH?

p.s I’d sure LOOOOVE a Publishers Clearing House “green” dream home right about now!! pls?LOL & tk/y so very much for the entries!
ttyl.

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Vickie Plasterer said...

Way to GO PCH!!
I would not have expected anything less from such a pro-active organization.

We do our best to be green in our home. We recycle, we use cold water to wash most of our laundry in and I do laundry ONLY once per week to be certazn that I am doing less loads of laundry. In other words a FULL Batch at a time.

We grow our own begetalbes during Spring, Summer and Fall. I compost and use my compost as fertilizer. Not only are we conserving, our produce tatse better than store bought. I do NOT use chemicals in my garden. I reserached to find out what kind of NATURAL pest control I could use to keep them out of my garden. There are a number of plants (flowers) taht can be planter within your garden; which deters some pests. We also compost our grass clippings and these make excellenet weed control, as well as fertilizing.

I do hope that people learn better ways to live, without poisoning our atmosphere and polluting our lands and waterways, anymore than they already have been. WE CAN REVERSE the DAMAGE which exists, but it takes us all.

Thanks Again PCH.

Vickie P
Markle, IN

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    Maureen Sousa said...

    Hi Vickie,
    Glad to see that you are composting , as we are starting to do the same this year with our garden.. also using more natural solutions for the pest problems.

    I recycle almost EVERYTHING from my waste, including my mail etc. as I shred it all & donate to our local animal shelter that recieves monies for all the shredded paper they can, they also use some for bedding for the small critters.

    I have also decided to make my pins for the Sunami cause in Japan out of air dry clay using all natural ingredients rather than fire my kilns..

    I will use less energy & emit less gases into the atmosphere..

    Although I am an artist at heart.. I know that some art forms should also try to be more EARTH friendly with all thier endeavors.

    We ALL have a responsibility to take in trying to clean up our Earth that we “mistakenly” are contributing to it’s demise if we ALL do not smarten up a bit.& try to reverse as you said what harm that has already been done..

    Glad to see that PCH is one of those that are tryig to do their part.

    Maureen

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Vicki Isleman said...

It is really nice to hear what PCH is doing to help our earth. If we all read comments today I think we will find all kinds of little, easy things we never thought of to help our Earth. I thought I knew a lot until the past 4 months and then I got a real education in a town with very little but very committed to being green. We all want to help, we all slip up but if we all move in the same direction we WILL make a difference…lets hope it is in time!

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Parish Mack said...

I hope to win the publishing clearing house so I can help my family out financially. Now that I’m finally 18 I can enter for my chance to win this. KEEP THE FAITH!!!

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A B said...

I GOT A LETTER FOR AN ENTRY OPPORTUNITY BUT I DON’T RECEIVE THE REPLY ENVELOPPE, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT I SHOULD DO ?

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Linda Giannone said...

I had recently changed my lighting in the bathroom at our restaurant. I have noticed that the bathrooms lights were left on after the restuarant closed.
So this surely saves on the electric bill. I am planning to use the motion sensor lighting in my home.

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Michelle Eaton said...

Changing lightbulbs, cutting down on hot water wishing I could do more.

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GARY THAMES said...

Going Green Is A Great Thing, We Have Had Paper, Plastic, Metal, and Glass Containers for over 4 Years. I Have Been Trying To Get A Permit For A Solar Panel Or Wind Turbines. The City I Live In Will Not Allow Them Here. I Wish I Could Push The Permit Through. It Would Change Our World !!!!!!!

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gail block said...

well around 8 am to 9 am someone was already picked as a winner for search and win wow i wasn’t even on that early in the moring guess because i have a life and the computer isn’t it

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    PCH Customer Service said...

    Hi Gail,

    Each day PCH Search & Win’s prize program chooses a bunch of winning times (usually several per hour). The first person to search after a winning time wins the prize. If you were not the first person to search at this time, you would not be selected as the winner. The most recent winners are displayed in the scrolling banner on our homepage.

    If your PCH Search & Win search is a lucky winner, you’ll see a page that looks like this instead of your search results:

    http://static.blingo.com/pch/images/screenshots/winningScreen1.gif

    We don’t use pop-up windows, so you don’t need to change any settings on your computer.

    On the first search that you perform on any given day, you will receive an entry into our sweepstakes. You will receive a maximum of one entry into the sweepstakes and a maximum of 25 chances (one per search) for the PCH Search & Win instant prizes per day. You may enter every day if you wish.

    Please be assured, if you are one of our sweepstakes winners you will definitely be notified. If you are picked as a winner of a prize of $10,000 or more, you will be notified in person by the Prize Patrol. Prizes of under $10,000 are notified by certified mail or by courier. These awards are done as soon as all winning entries and prizes are matched. Our most recent winners can be found on the top of our web site on the scrolling bar and under the “Winners Circle” link. You may also view some of our winning moments at: http://www.pchtv.com.

    For information on how our draws work, please click on the “How to Win” link on the top our website or use the following link: http://search.pch.com/about

    To see our Official Rules, you may click on the “Official Rules” link or the following: http://search.pch.com/rules

    Information on the prizes you are entering for and your odds of winning may be located under the “Sweepstakes Facts” link or clicking here: http://search.pch.com/facts

    Happy Searching!
    Jodi @ PCH

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Nancy Sexton said...

Getting green in the face to get more green so as to be able to live the green life!!

God bless everything green and everybody!!

NKS

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Vickie Plasterer said...

HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYONE !

IT IS SUNDAY MORNING and we are getting ready to go to church. The Birds are chirping loudly, our lawn is GREEN (at last). The temperatures are spring-like, however overcast. Flood warnings for our county this morning; these floods generally reach our county roads and do not make it to town (where we live). I Live across the street from the famous WABASH RIVER, however we do have a gorgeous flood plain which serves as an bird sanctuary. so we are safe.

I do hope that everyone is doing well this morning,it is a wonderful and spiritual holiday!

HAPPY EASTER and have a fabulous day !!

Vickie P.
Markle, IN

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Vickie Plasterer said...

Maureen,

I had no idea you did ceramic art. I thought you were an artist who did only paintings. I would LOVE to see some of your of your work. Can you POST any pictures of your work? Would like very much to see it 1

I think it would be so neat, if either you or I should ever win the PCH Sweepstakes, that PCH would take either one of us, who had not won, along with the Prize Patrol to assist in presenting the BIG CHECK. What a glorious surprise that would be, that we meet each other in person. I would love to meet you.
I hope you and your family have a beautiful Easter.

Take Care and GOD BLESS

Vickie P
Markle, IN

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    Maureen Sousa said...

    Hi Vickie,
    I am just catching up on the blog as I had ALL my grandchildren for the Easter Holiday & I am also working every day…

    I hope you had a Graet Easter also.!!!

    & to answer your questions.. I dabble in ALL kinds of art , but I have most of my experience down the years in ceramic & porcelain art..

    I LOVE the mud & what can be done with it… & also love painting on it’s surface.

    I have my own kilns in my studio.. but have not had that much time working there lately..

    I was the assistant artist for Katherine Houston Porcelain & did most all of her painting & prototype work
    … if you ever want to look up her work..

    A BIT TOO pricey for MY budjet but I did LOVE working there for many years..

    It would be so nice if we could meet someday.. so lets PLAN that!!! If you ever win or I ever win we ask PCH that we could meet each other!!!

    I have still not been able to figure out how to post work here or for that matter on Facebook. but if I ever do I will lwt you know.. I am a computer flunkie when it come to those thijngs…

    I am still working on my air dry clay work now that I plan to try & sell to raise some funds for Japan…

    If I ever figure out how to get them on facebook I will let you & PCH know how to see them..

    The Cherry Blossom tree in my yard is JUST starting to bloom so I can take some good pics for reference..

    I hope again that you are doing fine..

    My Best,
    Maureen

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Sue Noffsinger said...

To Whom it may concern..I’m going Green,Raisning Chicken’s and Rabbit..I use the waste for my Gardening and Growing Fruit Tree’s..I have Wind and Solor Power,plus Outside Wood Burner to Save on Oil’s and Gas..To help Myself and Family Furture..To Save Engry for the Furture and the World..I do the other stuff too,for a sample saving can’s and ect..For added income and to help out the World..Thank you for lessoning to me,have a nice day..Oh !! Happy Easter,may the Good Lord watch over us all and keep us Safe..

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trudy simurdiak said...

i recycle at home or where ever i go. i even use some of the materials that most people wouldn’t even think of. some ideas are the plastic bowls from the store that had food in it . we use those to hold paint in for trim work, you can use them more than once. i cream buckets for the chicken bouyha they sell . thats if you get there before it’s all gone. i could go on but i think you’ve got the idea of what i mean.

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anna hendrix said...

Save on gas i cook out side a lots and that help me a lots.so go green and save cook out more that will really help you on your bills.

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caroles geving said...

Keeping thé earth just alittle more healthier just by recycling and planting tree is great my family. supports the green team

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marissa miller said...

Awesome what you guys r doing

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