Zach Pilchen holds both a juris doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School (magna cum laude) and a master of laws in energy and environmental law from George Washington University Law School (highest honors). Having completed an internship with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment & Natural Resources Division, Zach Pilchen continues to pursue his interests in environmental law.
Despite the discouraging and mounting pollution and other human impacts on the environment around the globe, there are numerous ways you can make a difference on an individual level. The following are just a few:
– Use latex-based paint. When painting your house, opt for a latex or acrylic-based paint over an oil-based paint, which releases hydrocarbons and other contaminants into the air.
– Avoid topping off the gas tank. If you have to drive, don’t top off the tank of your car when filling it. Spilled gasoline from overfilling the tank leads to harmful hydrocarbons and other toxic chemicals being released into the air.
– Don’t overwater your lawn. Most lawns require water only once per week without rain. When you do water the lawn, avoid doing so during the heat of the day, as the water will evaporate quickly at that time.