Earth Day Blog

First observed in 1970, Earth Day is a landmark in the environmental and conservation movements. It has inspired millions of people from across the world to plant trees, grow gardens, go green, and get involved in sustainable endeavors. But while Earth Day may be easy to celebrate on a personal level, how exactly can your organization get in on the festivities (now and all year long)? 

Well, first and foremost, you don’t need to feel constricted by the more traditional methods of celebrating Earth Day. Don’t get us wrong—we love a good tree planting party, and we’re all about picking up trash off the side of the road. But, if you want to find some more creative ways to get your team in the environmental and conservation spirit, listen up! 

We’re going to give you a few original and brilliant ways your organization can celebrate. These can be applied at virtually any organization, regardless of size, and can involve the entire team or just a few of its greenest members. Let’s get started! 

Host a Composting Workshop 

compostingDo any amount of searching on the internet and you will see that regenerative gardening and composting are all the rage. So why not host a composting course at work? If you’ve got any organic gardeners on your team or know of a local farmer or land-use expert who’d be willing to come in for a day, set up a time for your crew to learn this amazing process. 

Composting is the natural process of recycling organic matter, like leaves or food scraps, and turning them into fertilizer that will naturally enrich the soil without the need of any harmful chemicals. It’s fantastic for gardeners but also for anyone with fruit trees, front lawns, or just those who are interested in reducing their food waste. 

Not only can a composting workshop around or on Earth Day be fun but you can also implement composting initiatives in the workplace. Set up bins for compostable material in your office. Then add signage that allows folks to know what’s compostable and what isn’t. Make the switch from plastic or Styrofoam cups, plates, and flatware to ones made from organic, compostable materials. That way you can extend the spirit of Earth Day throughout the entire year. 

Then use your composted material to launch or enhance a company garden or look for a local compost collection service near you! For an example, check out Elm City Compost, which is based in our city of Keene, NH.

Plan a Company Hike 

company hikeNo matter where your organization is located,  there’s going to be a place nearby for you to organize a company hike. For us here at Masiello, we’re fortunate enough to be close to Mt. Monadnock, one of New Hampshire’s most famous peaks and the second most-climbed in the world after Mt. Fuji in Japan. But even if you only have access to local trails at a state or town park, that is more than enough for a fun Earth Day celebration. 

Send out an email blast to your team a few weeks before the hike so that everyone has time to pencil it into their schedules. It might also be a good idea to have sign-up sheets. That way you can get an accurate count of who’s going. On the day, make sure everyone knows what trailhead to meet at, and enjoy the hike! It’s a great way for co-workers to socialize outside of work and for families to tag along. Plus, you’re outside, which is where one should be on Earth Day. 

As a follow-up, consider collecting a small donation from participants and contributing to a local land or trail stewardship organization to help keep your outdoor space a naturally wonderful place to enjoy. In Southern NH, the Monadnock Conservancy does a lot of this great work and is an excellent organization to support. 

Set a Sustainability Challenge 

riding bikeThere are so many ways to go about setting a sustainability challenge. You can make it a simple initiative or a competition with a prize at the end. For example, say you have a co-worker who rode their bike to work every day for a month. Maybe give them a gift certificate for a tune-up as a way of recognizing their commitment to sustainable transportation. Other acknowledgements can go out to whoever cut the most plastic out of their lives or used the least amount of printer paper, etc. 

Make sure this is fun for your team! It’s 2024, and everyone knows that sustainability is important. But by livening up with ways we think about can make people more motivated to carry the Earth Day spirit. 

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