Well it’s been a very productive week! The event I was coordinating went very well; despite some pretty major problems with the printers. Even with all the problems I don’t think anyone higher up in the company realized anything was wrong. It looked great. The employees loved our handouts. They loved our theme. Did I say it looked great? And the rain stopped late the night before!!! It was a little windy and chilly in the morning but the sun shined down on us in the afternoon.
I was asked by a very few (concerned citizens) about the actual impact on the event. My response is hopefully very insightful on why people host events such as this. Our environmental management system (EMS) requires all employees to be familiar with the environmental policy, environmental impacts, targets and their individual responsibilities. Our handouts for the event had to meet many criteria. They had to be educational, carry a message, and/or be usable. We ended up handing our CFL bulbs, reusable shopping bags, awareness bracelets, and brochures (printed on 100% recycled paper). We did have posters printed for the event but like I said, they had to be educational. I believe that training people is worth the minimal impact on the environment. We can also reuse the posters at other events too. We got lots of compliments from the employees on the event and I think they appreciate the handouts not being junk.
I missed spending Earth Day with my son but it sounds like his teacher has been very productive this week. My 5 year old was telling me all about the water cycle and evaporation today so I feel pretty confident that she’s doing her job well. Today they had a guest speaker from the local Keep America Beautiful chapter and he told the kids all about litter. He also taught them about storm drains and how the wildlife is affected by litter. Tomorrow is my turn to talk to them. I’m a bit late in coming up with ideas but my topic is energy! I have a few good ideas so I’ll write about those tomorrow.
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