At Green Building Alliance, we try to treat every day like Earth Day! While healthy and high-performing buildings offer a myriad of benefits (including economic development, reduced maintenance, healthier occupants, and higher premiums), a lower environmental impact is one that is imperative to all GBA staff members. Beyond just that, we actually want to see buildings and infrastructure contribute to their environments (through techniques such as regenerative design) and create more resilient communities (via ideas such as Urban Acupuncture).
I’ve asked some of my colleagues to share their Earth Day thoughts and reflections… How do they celebrate this national holiday? What are their favorite Earth Day memories? How do the priorities of Earth Day spill into their everyday lives? Read what they’ve said below and then SHARE your reflections with us in the comment section!
“Earth day should be a holiday with observed time off from work and school, canceled indoor events, and time to spend outside enjoying nature and all she has to offer. #makeearthdayaholiday”
– Bradd Celidonia, Multimedia Director
“My favorite Earth Day was when I volunteered for United Way Day of Caring and we planted donated trees and shrubs at a YMCA. The company and camaraderie couldn’t be beat, and anyone who drove past or stopped by became a little more aware of what it’s all about.”
– Deanna McPeak, Membership Director
“Earth Day is a good point in the year to pause and reflect on why we do the work that we do. This year, I am invoking Dr. John Francis’ pearl that we can’t separate people from the environment: we are one. How can we incorporate these lessons into the Green & Healthy Schools Academy’s work for the years to come?”
– Andrew Ellsworth, Green & Healthy Schools Academy Director
“In my opinion, Earth Day is not just ONE day of the year! In our household, we try and practice mindful stewardship of our resources (natural and otherwise) every day of the year.”
– Honey Stempka, Northwest Branch Director
“I love the quote: ‘The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the second best time is now.’ What can we do this Earth Day that in 20 years we’ll look back on and think we got it right?”
– Ruth Maust, Research and Resource Fellow
“I find inspiration from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote: ‘We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are the shining parts, is the soul.’ I believe as we begin to see that all things are connected, nature will sing.”
– Janel Everly, Programming Director