Earth Day 2016 and Beyond

Earth Day

Now in its 46th year, the global movement known as Earth Day continues to harness human compassion, creativity, and ingenuity in its quest to tackle the world’s most threatening environmental issues. The theme for 2016’s event is “Trees for the Earth,” part of a 5-year effort to plant 7.8 billion trees ahead of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary.

As in year’s past, Ashford University is supporting Earth Day with its own sustainability initiatives.

“We are committed to having zero waste by 2020 and reducing our energy efforts 15 percent year-over-year,” according to Workplace Services Administrator Carrie Adamson, a member of Ashford’s environmentally conscious Green Team.

“All the small changes that people do every day add up to the big change,” Adamson said. “Things that people do at home, in their communities, or even at work.”

Those contributions, according to Adamson, include:
  • Start composting. You can find several options to do in your home that make it very easy. And worms are a lot of fun.
  • Stop using disposable plastics. Ditch those water and soda bottles -- anything that has to be thrown away – and start using something you can wash in your home.
  • Buy local produce. You’re saving a lot of CO2 gases when things are made locally, and you’re also supporting your community.
  • End junk mail. Sign up to have all that worthless mail reduced and stop it from being shipped to your home.
  • Recycle your electronics. A good reminder for when you upgrade your phone; there are lots of things that can be recycled instead of ending up in a landfill.

In the above video, Adamson discusses the best way for people to learn and get involved in Earth Day. You will also hear more about Ashford’s commitment to a greener world.

Written by Ashford University staff.



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