The environmental dimension is the extent to which one cares for the earth by protecting
its resources. It is the ability to recognize personal responsibility for the quality
of the air, water and land. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of
homes, communities, and the planet while understanding the negative effect of personal
choices contributes to environmental wellness. Environmental wellness is recognizing
the unstable state of the earth and the effects of daily habits on the physical environment.
It consists of maintaining a way of life that maximizes harmony with the earth and
minimizes harm to the environment. This dimension also encourages and supports the
proper work environment that is safe and ergonomically fit.
SHORT VERSION: Environmental Wellness is the process of making choices, which will contribute to sustaining or improving the quality of life in the universe. This dimension includes responsible choices regarding the use of air, water, land and energy so that future generations of each species may survive and thrive. The work environment should be safe and free of toxins and include ergonomically fit work stations. The recognition of interdependence of humans, other animals, plants and all of nature is a central tenet of environmental wellness.
Tips and suggestions for optimal environmental wellness:
1. Stop junk mail.
2. Conserve water and other resources.
3. Minimize chemical use.
4. Renew a relationship with the earth.
5. Check work spaces for molds, proper air ventilation.
6. Encourage ergonomic check-up for employees.
7. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: reduce the amount of pollution we generate; reuse containers, bags and batteries; recycle paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic.