If you haven’t made any plans to celebrate National Volunteer Week, don’t worry — you still have time. Arbor Day, which falls on the last Friday in April every year, is right around the corner.
First celebrated in the late 19th century, Arbor Day represents the belief that every tree we plant will eventually grow and provide oxygen, wildlife habitat, erosion control and environmental stability for future generations.
While it’s perfectly fine to plant a few trees to celebrate this year’s Arbor Day, we wanted to share a few additional initiatives that you can use to boost sustainability and environmental awareness in your community. (Plus, it will do wonders for your ranking on the Techweek Gives leaderboard.)
Here are three ways to promote sustainability on this Arbor Day.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Ready to toss out that old shirt or used television set? Before you do, consider donating it to charity; not only will your donations help someone in need, but they’ll also reduce your carbon footprint. As an added bonus, you can log your donated items on the Techweek Gives website and increase your standing on the leaderboard!
Support a nonprofit
Environmental nonprofits work around the clock to ensure that we’re not wasting our natural resources. But with so many issues to tackle — global warming, climate change and clean water to name just a few — they’re going to need a helping hand every now and then. If you’re looking for a nonprofit to volunteer with, we recommend the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the leading environmental legal advocacy organization in the Midwest.
Create a challenge
While there are a number of ways to promote sustainability, few things are more fun and engaging than a bit of friendly competition. Think about creating a workplace challenge that can help reduce your carbon footprint, whether that’s a contest to see who can bike or walk to work the most often or an office-wide recycling tournament.
These are just a few ideas to help you celebrate Arbor Day and boost sustainability. But whether you’re supporting a nonprofit, holding an office challenge or simply donating used items, think about celebrating this Arbor Day by giving back to both your community and the environment.
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