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    9 Earth Day Activities for Work

    by Meaghan Weeden April 02, 2024 4 min read

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    9 Eco-Friendly Earth Day Ideas for Work

    With April 22nd rapidly approaching, you may be looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day at your workplace. And that's great! From volunteering for local initiatives to greening up the office and participating in company-wide sustainability challenges, there are plenty of ways that your team can celebrate Earth Day at work — and make a meaningful impact for the planet! 

    As if helping the environment weren't reason enough, a recent survey by the National Environmental Education Foundation found that of the employees surveyed: 97% believe that sustainability is critical to their company's success, 93.5% believe their company's sustainability work enhances its brand and 90% reported increased job satisfaction when involved in sustainability programs.

    At a time when employee retention has proven challenging for many companies, meaningful employee engagement that has a tangible impact in your local community is a great way to increase employee satisfaction. It's also a fun way to connect to nature, bond with your team and celebrate Earth Month in a meaningful way!

    Here Are 9 Unique Ways to Celebrate Earth Day at Work

    1. Get Your Hands In The Dirt!

    Hands-on environmental work offers the chance for teams to get outside, bond, and contribute to their communities and their local green spaces. Whether it's planting trees, picking up litter, removing invasive species so that native ones can grow and thrive, installing a community garden, or another restoration activity available in your area, working together to restore your local environment is a rewarding and worthwhile way to celebrate Earth Day! 

    2. Start a Fundraiser for Nature

    Fundraising for an environmental cause is a great way to get your employees engaged with sustainability. You can do this in a number of ways, including with matching gifts that double employee donations to a selected nonprofit, or by creating a Raisley fundraiser page to help your brand reach your fundraising goal. Plus, if your business raises the most money during Earth Month, you’ll be the recipient of our Green Guardian Award. The winner will receive a social media shoutout, a Q&A Partner Spotlight on our blog, and a trophy.

    3. Create a Green Team

    If your company doesn't already have a green team or sustainability committee, Earth Month is a great time to establish one! Corporate green teams can work on a range of projects that improve corporate sustainability. This might include investigating ways to green up your supply chain, reducing your overall environmental footprint, educating fellow employees about ways to be sustainable, or rolling out internal sustainability initiatives. Joining or forming a green team is a great way to engage employees in projects that can improve your business sustainability!

    4. Get an Energy Audit

    Working together with an environmental auditing organization can help you identify areas where you could improve, reduce your carbon footprint, shrink utility bills and improve your overall business performance. There are also utility incentives that can make energy efficiency more affordable for your business. The right organization can help you navigate available incentives, determine what opportunities will serve your organization best (ie. opting for renewable energy sources) and create a plan to implement their suggestions.

    5. Create an Internal Waste Reduction Initiative

    The average office employee generates a lot of waste, which is bad for the environment and your bottom line. You can reduce your office footprint by creating or improving recycling stations near communal or dining areas, tasking your green team with (gently) enforcing recycling rules, offering exciting incentives for top recyclers, and more. By setting business-wide or team-wide goals and following up on them, you can motivate your employees to significantly reduce their waste footprint!

    6. Lunch & Learn For The Environment

    One of the best ways to celebrate Earth Month is by engaging an environmental expert or nonprofit representative to speak with your team about the environment and sustainability. You can do this in a number of ways, including booking someone for an in-person workshop, traveling offsite to learn in the field, or booking a virtual presentation that your employees can attend from anywhere.

    7. Meatless Monday Challenge

    Start a Meatless Monday program to see if your entire workplace can go a whole day without meat! Why go meatless? Accounting for 80% of deforestation, agriculture-driven land use change is one of the leading causes of forest loss. And 75% of our planet's agricultural land is used for livestock, which produces more carbon dioxide in a year than all of the planes, trains and automobiles in the world. That means that skipping meat for even just one day every week can add up to a pretty significant impact over time. 

    8. Recognize Employees That Go Above and Beyond For The Planet

    You know who we're talking about: the one that walks or bikes to work, brings their lunch from home in the same reusable container every day, fills their water bottle from the tap and recycles religiously. These are the employees that have, on their own initiative, moved their environmental commitment forward from talk into action — and they've got the green "street cred" to prove it. By recognizing their commitment to the planet, you can demonstrate your appreciation, and encourage other employees to follow suit! 

    9. Organize A Nature Hike

    Aside from planting trees or participating in sustainability initiatives, we believe that one of the best ways to celebrate Earth Month is by getting outside and enjoying nature. Because after all, we protect what we care about — and a strong connection to nature is great for our physical and mental health.  So round up the team for a walk at a nearby park, or a hike through a local forest, and enjoy some bonding time in the great outdoors! You can either take a self-guided hike or engage a local nature guide to enrich the experience.

    So there you have it: 9 creative ideas for Earth Day activities at work! Looking for other ways more ways to become a more sustainable business in honor of Earth Month? Sign up your business and become an official One Tree Planted business partner today!

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    Meaghan Weeden
    Meaghan Weeden

    Meaghan works to share our story far and wide, manages our blog calendar, coordinates with the team on projects + campaigns, and ensures our brand voice is reflected across channels. With a background in communications and an education in environmental conservation, she is passionate about leveraging her creativity to help the environment!