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October Newsletter
Beyond the Office

Tips For October

1. As the cold weather sets in, it is important to restrict outside air from coming into your house. You can do this by using weather stripping, and caulking around windows, doors, and electrical outlets.  This will help save on the heat bill.

2. During the day it is important to open shades so the sun can shine in and warm up your house. Leave shades closed on areas of the house that do not see a lot of sunlight during the day.

3. By installing energy star rated lighting you will use up to 75 percent less electricity. Another plus is these lights last a lot longer than a regular  

4. Another energy saving tip is to install programmable thermostats.  This will help keep costs down when you are gone to work, or on vacation.  

Petal News...

Welcome University of Dubuque!!

We would like to welcome the University of Dubuque and thank them for joining the Petal Project.  We are looking forward to assist UD work towards a more green and sustainable campus.  To learn more about the University of Dubuque, check out their website at:



It's about time to start carving the pumpkins again! Carving Pumpkins has been a fun tradition for a long time.  Now it's time to make disposing of pumpkins properly a tradition as well!

It is important to take not only your pumpkins, but all of your yard waste to the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA).

When pumpkins and yard waste is thrown into the landfill it is not allowed to compost properly leading to bad methane gases being released into the air.

For more information on the services DMASWA provides, check out this link: 

Waste in Your Area
There is information on your landfill.  Have you ever questioned how much is collected in your particular area or how much can be redirected elsewhere?  Iowa DNR has a statewide waste characterization study that you can look at for more information.  Click Here for information about waste near you. 


Thank You To Our Sponsors
A sincere "thank you" to Sustainable Dubuque, Dubuque Bank & Trust, and EIMCO for your generous support. Membership dues cover only a small portion of the operating expenses for the Petal Project. We rely on sponsorship and grants for the remaining financial support. 

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