The North Dakota Stewards Initiative Begins September 1!

The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ) is pleased to announce the kickoff of the ND Stewards Initiative. As North Dakotans, we are proud of our clean air, pristine lands and wide-open spaces. We all have a role in keeping our state as clean as possible.

For the month of September, the NDDEQ is encouraging residents to track activities that reduce waste and save energy. These include activities such as walking instead of driving, recycling or composting instead of throwing waste in the trash, using reusable bags instead of paper or plastic bags and carpooling. Let us know how you are doing by posting on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #NDStewards. At the end of the month, the NDDEQ will calculate how these activities helped save energy and money, how much waste was kept out of landfills and how much vehicle emissions were reduced. Our results will be reported back here on the North Dakota Stewards Initiative page.

Participants can use the calendar below to help track savings throughout the month. At the end of the month, enter your total savings at the "Final Eco Log tabulation form" link. We will calculate the total savings and announce the results of North Dakota’s hard-working and eco-conscious stewards. Keep North Dakota Clean, Inc. will provide awards to the top five North Dakota participants who save the most throughout the month of September.

Daily Eco Log (pdf)

Daily Eco Log (xlsx)

Final Eco Log tabulation form

For more information or questions about the initiative, contact Angela Seligman at 701-328-5291 or

Environmentally conscious activities:

Reducing Vehicle Emissions By:

  • Carpooling
  • Walking
  • Biking

Saving Energy By:

  • Turning the thermostat down or reducing the temperature of your water heater
  • Adjusting the thermostat of your HVAC system to use less energy; warmer in summer or cooler in winter
  • Turning the lights off when you leave a room

Saving Water By:

  • Taking shorter showers
  • Turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth or washing your face

Reducing Waste By:

  • Using reusable items
    • Grocery bags
    • Travel mugs and water bottles
    • Using plates, bowls or utensils (not paper or plastic disposables)
  • Recycling items instead of throwing them in the trash
  • Composting yard and food waste

Did you know?

Pollution and waste are expensive! Here are a few facts that can save you money and help protect North Dakota’s environment:

  • A gasoline-powered, medium-sized pickup truck will use nearly 1 gallon of fuel every hour while idling. Simply turning your vehicle off, rather than idling, is an easy way to save money and reduce emissions.

  • Each minute spent in the shower uses 2 to 5 gallons of water. One simple way to save money on your heating and water bills is to cut down on time spent in the shower and/or change your shower head to a low-flow model.

  • Walking or biking 3 to 5 miles to and from work each day, instead of driving a vehicle that averages 15 mpg, could save $5 to $8 each week. A daily 10-mile round trip commute could burn an average of 600 calories while helping maintain your health.

  • If you live too far away from work to walk or ride your bike, carpooling is another great way to save money and reduce emissions. Just think, every time you carpool with just one other person you are cutting the cost of your commute and total emissions in half.

  • An easy way to improve water quality and save money is by not bagging your lawn clippings while mowing your lawn. Leaving your grass clippings on your lawn can generate up to 25% of your lawn’s fertilizer needs.

  • By purchasing used instead of new items you are not only saving money but helping reduce waste by extending the life span of an item.

  • Planning for meals can save money and reduce waste! Purchasing only the needed amount of food helps to reduce the amount that will be wasted.

  • Using reusable items is a great way to save money and reduce waste! Here are some easy options:

    • Reusable Grocery Bags -- instead of paper or plastic bags when going to the grocery store. This will typically save you 5 cents for each bag! This may not seem like a lot of money, but it can add up.

    • Reusable Travel Mug -- instead of getting a paper cup when headed to your favorite coffee shop. You may even get a discount on your coffee purchase. Plus, these mugs keep your beverage warmer/colder longer than a disposable cup would.

    • Permanent Dish-ware -- instead of using disposable plates or bowls for meals. The cost of disposable plates or bowls adds up!