Recognizing the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
COVID-19 May Change How We Observe Earth Day, But It Can’t Squash the Spirit
This year’s Earth Day finds us at an unusual time. Like many of you, Earth Day has historically been an important day of reflection and action for us. Yet this year, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s taken on a new meaning. As we all examine how we can stay healthy and better care for our communities in light of the novel coronavirus, we realize the lessons of Earth Day are more important than ever.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the planet’s largest civic event. While the need for social distancing has canceled events, the spirit is still alive and well. This year’s theme is “Climate Action,” challenging each of us to consider how we can contribute to the goal of a zero-carbon future. Here at BrightView, we’re thinking about how we can be your change agent, helping you create outdoor environments that contribute to the wellbeing of both the people who enjoy your property and the planet.
One of the ways we’re achieving this is by pioneering the use of zero-emission, low-noise electric equipment. We also optimize our daily routes to ensure maximum efficiency and emission reduction. But we’d be remiss to not mention that our most important partner in carbon reduction is Mother Nature herself. Some of the biggest impacts come from the things we grow, with her help of course. For example, the trees grown in our nurseries will consume more than 5 million tons of carbon over their lifetime. That’s in addition to the more than $100 million worth of carbon-consuming plant material we add to landscapes each year. This is just the tip of the iceberg. From LEED-certified landscape consulting to water management, green roofs to climate-based landscapes and more, check out our Environmental Sustainability Page to get some ideas about ways you can combat climate change and improve the health of your environment.
Now it’s your turn. Tell us how you’re observing Earth Day by using the hashtag #BVEarthDay on social media. Then, listen along with us on Spotify to keep the good vibes going. While we might not be able to observe Earth Day together and in-person as a community this year, your show of support helps keep the movement strong.