We can all do many small actions to help mitigate climate change and help preserve the natural world that we depend on for our lives. I’ve put into practice what I know I can control as I work in my studio: -Removal of water-based paint from rinse water using of a paint disposal system -Reducing wasted paint by: -Use of a sealed palette that maintains paint fluidity for extended periods of time -Adding copper pennies under the palette paper preserves the paint and prevents mold growth -Palette papers that can be maintained and re-used multiple times - Paint mixed with a palette knife vs a brush; This practice greatly reduces brush overload and waste -Air quality: Air cleaner with an “Energy Star” rating that contains both charcoal and HEPA filters with settings for germ, general cleaning, and allergen removal -Dehumidifier with “Energy Star” rating -Use washable rags vs paper towels when possible -Use paper towels made of recycled paper -Studio furniture purchased from used furniture sites and refurbished for my use (15 pieces) -Reuse of stretcher bars and framing materials -Purchasing supplies from reputable vendors: Golden Paints (www.goldenpaints.comhealthsafety_health_index) The majority of my paints are from companies that are aggressive in their environmental health and safety protocols. Golden has an water reclamation process that prevents colorant minerals and plastic mediums from being dumped into the environment during the manufacturing process. ____________________________________________ Building an awareness of safe and environmentally friendly practices is an ongoing effort and one that I know I can continue to improve. Just thinking along these lines is a good start and my small effort to preserve this planet (the subject of my work) and the only home we have!