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Greg Scannell, CSP •

Environmentally Sustainable Farms

As equestrians we do not only have a responsibility to our herd but also to the environment they live in. Domesticated farm animals contradict the balance of an ecosystem if left unchecked. The abundance of waste a farm produces can have a negative impact on the very soil, water and air the farm is sustained by. Be committed to find ways to reduce the environmental impact of your equestrian facility, no matter how small the operation or your roll within it. The checklist below is a healthy start to environmental sustainability at any farm:

  • Comply with all federal, state and local environmental legislation, regulations and requirements including the Clean Water Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
  • Manage rain water runoff away from open feed lots or manure holding areas. Runoff collecting directly in these areas should be designed so as not to contaminate any conveyance to local waterways
  • Consider the installation of the industries leading innovations in green technology including solar panels, pervious pavements, rain barrels and much more
  • Follow the Waste Management Hierarchy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover, Dispose
  • Avoid the use of waste products altogether
  • Avoid the use of postal services, saving on transportation and on paper. For example, emailing Invoices where possible
  • Recycle equipment that is no longer of use to the farm such as old tools and tractors
  • Keep energy usage low by reducing electricity and gas used for lighting and environmental controls
  • Purchase products made with recycled materials
  • Purchase products with a lower environmental impact
  • Avoid unnecessary travel by making use of instant messaging, video and audio conferencing, telephone and email

The importance of preventative environmental health and safety remains paramount. Daily inspection of the environment your horses live in serves to prevent losses. The professionals at Safety Check Inc. are trained in environmental health and safety hazard analysis and accident prevention, specializing in EPA and OSHA compliance. For an equine consultation or barn walkthrough, please feel free to contact us at (815) 475-9991.

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