By Mary Beth Ginder, AREVA, Sustainable Development and Continuous Improvement
This year, hundreds of AREVA employees throughout the United States and Canada joined in the Earth Day spirit by participating in various “green” activities throughout the month of April.
AREVA recognizes that individuals play a critical role in identifying sustainability challenges and solutions. This year the goal was to support the integration of sustainability into everyday life by encouraging employees to adopt a Personal Sustainability Practice, or PSP. A PSP is any simple action, taken on a regular basis that is good for your health, your community and the planet, for example biking to work or switching to a non-styrofoam coffee cup. Employees from across the region have committed to PSPs that will have a positive social and environmental impact throughout the year. All employee PSPs will be registered as part of the Earth Day Network’s billion acts of green initiative.
Local outreach and volunteering are a part of our corporate citizenship activities in our communities, and during April that energy and engagement has been focused on supporting Earth Day 2011. Activities ranged from environmental clean-up, tree planting and electronics recycling to natural resource conservation and education, and have contributed to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which we live and work.
At AREVA, we believe that engaging in Earth Day activities promotes a sustainable culture at work and at home. Our 2nd annual Earth Day Poster Contest for the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of our employees generated many colorful, creative entries depicting our theme “One AREVA, One Planet.” The artwork reflects the next generation’s understanding of the importance of protecting the planet.
As a company committed to providing energy solutions with less carbon, while being socially responsible and respecting the environment, Earth Day 2011 is another way AREVA continues demonstrating our commitment to sustainable development.