On April 22 1970, Earth Day was celebrated for the very first time. Since its inception, Earth Day has evolved into a holiday in which people all over the world honor the Earth and focus on environmental protection. Here are a few ways your Chamber of Commerce can celebrate Earth Day:
Re-consider your work commute.
If you are lucky enough to live fairly close to your chamber of commerce's office: bike, walk, or carpool to work! One less passenger off the road for 1 day can save over 32 pounds of CO2.
Shop local and share the bounty.
Plan a team luncheon or take a few minutes during an afternoon break where your team can gather and sample fresh produce from local farms. Shopping local is a great way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support local farmers and businesses. Don’t forget to encourage your colleagues to bring lunch to work and use reusable mugs, cups and dishes!
If your office is tossing old computers or other electronic devices to make room for new pieces? If so, make sure you are doing it safely and in an environmentally-friendly way. Read this article for a more in-depth look at how to get rid of e-waste in an eco-minded manner.
There is no easier way to create an eco-friendly office than by choosing “green” office products, which you will use on a daily and weekly basis. Eco-friendly cleaning products are better for both the health of the environment and the staff at your chamber of commerce. Traditional cleaning products can leave behind chemicals that can disrupt the environment once they've been disposed of or used.
Office greenery goes a long way.
Plants will improve and purify the air quality in your office, while simultaneously serving as a mood and productivity booster. Researchers have found that the addition of plants in a workspace increases productivity!
Engage in conversations about Earth Day.
Earth Day is an important day of celebration that unites people across the globe. Your chamber of commerce can play a role in how your community engages in environmental protection. Share facts and images on your social media, engage in conversations with coworkers and members, and spread awareness!
April 22 is a day of acknowledging the need to protect and care for our home. Happy Earth Day everyone! If your office has any interesting traditions on Earth Day, please let us know in the comments below!