The Soboba Tribal Environmental Department is committed to protecting, restoring, and enhancing natural resources on the Soboba Reservation for all tribal members past, present, and future.
What We Do
The Environmental Department works to raise awareness of all aspects of the environment. This includes solid waste issues, pollution prevention, water and air quality, conservation measures, household hazardous waste disposal, and many other areas. In addition to community outreach and education efforts such as participating in community events, the department also hosts an annual Tribal Earth Day event and community clean up days. We also conduct surface water quality testing on streams running through the reservation, collect and manage geographical data, and create programs to address environmental concerns.
An easy way to begin learning about the environment around you is to visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency website and use MyEnvironment
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
2017 is now upon us and with each New Year, brings new resolutions; goals we set to better ourselves. This year, why not commit to better yourself and your environment? Since Mother Nature has been good to us throughout time, let’s all band together and set some goals that will allow for us to maintain our wonderful planet. Let’s thank Mother Nature by beginning to make a difference in 2017. Each resolution we set for our environment can be easily achieved and seen all around us, even the little things we do every single day can make a profound difference. So as you begin enacting your new resolutions, why not add being eco-conscious, too? The future depends on you.
RESOLUTION TIPS FOR HAVING A SUSTAINABLE & GREENER NEW YEAR:
Cut out one day a week on your dairy consumption. Do not eat any dairy products for one whole day. If you’d like to take it a step further, simply cutting out one gallon of milk a week that you usually purchase saves the same amount of water that would be utilized for 27 showers. The production efforts within the dairy industry produce massive amounts of greenhouse gas emissions and requires an exorbitant amount of water (OneGreen Planet.org).
Cut food waste. This cannot be stressed enough. Sadly, one in nine people in our world go to bed hungry every single night and approximately 1/3 of perishable foods get thrown out every year. Doesn’t seem right, does it? When shopping, try cutting down on extras that aren’t needed and try shopping for just enough food for each person, without having tons of extras that will most likely be thrown out in a couple of days anyway. Any overage of food that is still edible can also be donated to local organizations and food pantries in your city (OneGreenPlanet.org).
Invest in cloth shopping bags. Since the passage of the California law requiring stores to sell their plastic bags, instead of continually purchasing the store’s bags invest in some good, reusable and washable shopping bags of your own. In the long run it will save you much more money. The more people that do this will cause the amount of plastic bags being produced to decline; thereby, decreasing the amount of plastic usage, which is damaging to our environment.
Purchase organic or locally grown produce, dairy and meats rather than store bought. Not only will you be sparing yourself and your family from harmful health effects due to genetically modified organisms (GMOs), toxic pesticides and sewage sludge, you will also be protecting and enhancing the ecosystem the organic food was grown in. Again, as with plastic bags, when more people switch to organic foods, less amounts of foods with unsafe chemicals will be produced and sold. Also, buying locally organic foods will help stimulate our local economy (EWG.org).
Switch to eco-friendly personal care products and cosmetics. Women who regularly use makeup do have their favorites. However, make sure you are aware of what you are putting on your face because any product you put on your skin can be absorbed into your bloodstream. Make sure you read the cosmetic labels on your cosmetics and personal care products to avoid the absorption of toxins through your skin (EWG.org).
Go to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) website, visit their database, enter your product name and receive the results of just how safe or unsafe your cosmetics, personal care products and foods are at: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ You can also download EWG’s Healthy Living App.
When traveling, bring your own reusable water bottles. Each year enough oil is used in the production of plastic water bottles in the United States alone to fuel approximately 1,000,000 cars. Instead of contributing to the production of plastic water bottles, invest in reusable bottles and refill them. Another benefit of using your own reusable water bottles is that some manufacturers use very poor quality plastic that can contain chemicals, so it’s best to go with your own bottle that does not emit chemicals, especially ones that are BPA-free (EPA.gov).
Detox your home. Although many of us like to scent our homes with candles and sprays and clean with ammonia, bleach and many different types of sprays and aerosol cleaners, according to the EPA, household cleaning and scented products are among the most toxic everyday substances to which people are exposed and many of the ingredients are very toxic. Effects from toxic chemicals that have been reported to the EPA range from dermatitis to headaches to cancer. Additionally, problems with lungs and the immune system have also been reported. This year, switch to safer products with organic or non-harmful ingredients in them. Your health and your family will thank you (EPA.gov).
The Soboba Tribal Environmental Department would like to thank all Tribal members and colleagues for making 2016 a successful year. The department looks forward to the New Year and hopes together we can make it a green 2017!
Coming Soon! The Soboba Tribal Earth Day is just around the corner and promises to be tons of fun. Earth Day Event date has yet to be determined, please check back with us for dates and times, thank you.