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3 Ways to Celebrate the 44th Annual Earth Day

Posted by Parker Beauchamp on Apr 22, 2014

EarthDayThis year marks Earth Day Network’s 44th annual Earth Day celebration, a day to promote green initiatives at home and abroad to secure a healthy future for people around the globe. 

Since 1970, billions of people from more than 190 countries have celebrated this observance through civic engagement opportunities on behalf of the environment, and INGUARD is proud to say that we are among them.

We make it a priority to honor and cultivate environmental conservation efforts and believe in leading by example in an effort to make a positive impact on the world around us.

This Earth Day, pledge to make a difference! Below are a few easy tips you can implement at your workplace, and hopefully even carry into your day-to-day routine. 

3 Ways to Go Green This Earth Day

  1. Go Paperless

We are fortunate enough to work in an industry that enables our company to perform our jobs electronically. We have been paperless for many years and have encouraged others to join us in our effort to promote sustainable solutions.

Even if your industry is predominately operated through paper products, encourage your colleagues to sacrifice printing for at least one day. Urge your coworkers to utilize file sharing technologies such as Google Docs, Basecamp and Dropbox to reduce the amount of printing needed to share documents. You can also offer paperless statements and billing options to your clients to moderate the amount of paper you are sending.

  1. Plant a tree

There are countless benefits to planting trees. For instance, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, strategically planting deciduous trees can reduce energy use by keeping a house or building cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
To encourage others to plant and nurture trees, INGUARD is donating 10,000 trees throughout the month of April to attendees of the Honeywell Center’s 20th Anniversary Celebration of Ford Theater. If you would like to consider a similar corporate or personal gift, check out the Arbor Day Foundation for more information.

  1. Carpool, Walk or Bike to Work

We encourage our employees to carpool, walk or bike as much as possible to help cut down on our overall carbon footprint. 

Fortunately, many cities have made it more feasible than ever to ride a bike by offering rented bike options, and developing specialized bike lanes for people to safely ride. 

Make Environmentalism a Priority 

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. uses 69 million tons of paper and paperboard each year. Considering that it takes roughly 24 trees to make one ton of paper, we need to be more conscious of our actions.

If your office operations require you to use paper, reduce the amount of paper waste you produce in by offering recycling solutions to your employees. This is a great way offices can encourage others to be green, and have a less intrusive effect on the environment.
Remember: Making small changes today can truly have a powerful impact in the long run.
What other “green” tips do you utilize to promote a happy and healthy work environment? Share them in our comments section below!
Image Source: Nan Palmero via Flickr

Topics: Community Investment