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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Green Facts

April 22, 2014 is Earth Day
As much as we enjoy the digital world with it’s paperless and instant communication, we still feel the effects of our earthly presence. What can we do? There are many ways we can help with the preservation of our environment and improving the quality of our lives, from social action to recycling our glass and aluminum containers, to using our tote bags when shopping for groceries. Mehr E Gyiah KIRN Radio Iran’s own Shan Fazeli takes a larger view of the environment, he believes that the study of History & Mother Nature is a road that links the past to the present which ultimately affects mankind’s future. He is the author of Mehr E Gyiah, a Persian – English journal about environmental issues facing humanity and a call for the protection and caring of our planet. Every action towards a greener world helps. In fact all the small actions such as re-using a tote bag, or putting all your recyclables in one bin, and reducing water use – make a huge impact! Here are just a few facts about the 3 R’s from

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Green Facts
- Creating a new aluminum can from scratch takes 95% more energy than making a can from recycled aluminum.
- Making a ton of paper from recycled stock saves up to 17 trees and uses 50% less water than making paper from virgin fiber.
- Only 10% of the energy used by an incandescent bulb produces light; the rest is given off as heat.
- If every household in the United States replaced just one package of virgin fiber napkins with 100% recycled ones, we could save 1 million trees.
- In the average home, 40% of all electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Across the US, this equals the annual output of 17 power plants.
- If you replace just one out of four of your light bulbs with fluorescents, you can save about 50% on your lighting bill.
- A leaky faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day, and a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons a day.
- Swapping 16 incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) saves emissions equivalent to taking a car off the road for a year.
- Almost 40% of America’s waste is paper and could be recycled, meaning fewer trees cut down.
- A standard-sized home solar energy system decreases monthly home energy bills by 40%-60%.
- If every American replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), the energy saved could light more than 2.5 million homes for a year.
- A family of four using low-flow showerheads instead of full-flow models can save about 20,000 gallons of water per year.


OCLinks is an information and referral phone and online chat service to help navigate the County of Orange’s Behavioral Health System. Callers are assisted by clinical Navigators to link them to Children and Adult Mental Health programs, Alcohol and Drug inpatient and outpatient programs, Crisis Services, and Prevention and Early Intervention programs. Navigators provide services in all languages including Farsi through translation services, and are culturally competent working with the needs of diverse communities.
OCLinks operates Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm, through telephone or live chat on the internet.
Please call 855-OC-LINKS or log on to for more information. - Fire Safety Foundation to elevate public awareness in regard to fire safety

Entrepreneurship Foundation - The Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center is a non-profit center that provides confidential mediation and conflict resolution services to the diverse communities in the Los Angeles area. We focus on Asian/Pacific Islander communities and aim to provide culturally and linguistically sensitive services to the community. Mediation is ideal for resolving family, consumer-merchant, neighbor, landlord-tenant, and organizational disputes. This process empowers the parties to address their conflicting values in conjunction with the substantive issues of the problem. Currently, our center has Farsi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Tagalog, English, Japanese and Korean speaking caseworkers.

County of Orange, Health Care Agency/Behavioral Health Services, Center of excellence, Project Life Coach
Project Life Coach provides supportive employment services to individuals, especially those who are monolingual and/or limited English proficiency Latino, Iranian, and Asians who have a mental illness in their native language. Project Life Coach will use counseling approaches and family strengthening and community collaboration between and among ethnic businesses and county behavioral clinicians to promote employment and improve the functioning of persons with mental illness. Project Life Coach staff includes peer mentors, who aim to work with participants through the process of finding and securing employment as well as supporting them through the process. Clinicians will offer brief therapeutic interventions when needed for participants. Project Life Coach seeks to provide education related to mental illness, provide supportive employment services, provide support for potential employers, and collaborate with ethnic businesses. For more information and Farsi services contact Mr. Behzad (Ben) Bernous Tel: 714-517-6100 or email:

Iranian-American Mental Health Society -
IAMHS is a non-profit organization with the goal of providing mental health services for the Iranian-Americans in Southern California.
IAMHS was founded in Orange County, California in 2005, with the goal of facilitating access to mental health professionals for the Iranian-American community in Southern California, particularly in Orange County. In addition to providing access to mental health professionals, IAMHS intends to provide educational seminars, access to mental health services in the area, and networking among the professionals in the field.
Additionally, IAMHS works closely with the community services and programs provided by the city and the county to provide access to such services to the Iranian-American community.