Hands in the dirt, feet in a stream. It’s how we connect with the earth, especially on International Earth Day (April 22).
But at Domtar, International Earth Day is more than just a day. We celebrate EarthWeek, and this year it offered plenty of opportunities for Domtar colleagues, their families and their communities to connect with the natural resources that make our manufacturing possible.
Jason Abernathy is just one of hundreds of people who gave time and energy to community efforts this year. Abernathy, an account manager who lives near Nashville, Tennessee, drove his family a few hours east on April 16 to join the Keep Kingsport Beautiful cleanup near the Kingsport Mill and the Holston River in Kingsport. The drive was worth the effort for the opportunity to be a part of the Domtar community and to have his family (pictured with Bonnie Depew of the Kingsport Mill) participate in the project.
“It’s the right thing to do, and this is a good way to do it as a family,” he said. “When my children hear people talk about our industry or our products, I want them to have a fuller picture of how we treat the environment.”
Colleagues at the Kingsport Mill, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, also planted 100 trees nearby as part of their EarthWeek activities.
Many other sites held events sponsored by EarthChoice Ambassadors, including cleaning along Adopt-A-Highway segments, sharing supplies with school children and recycling electronic equipment. Several locations also hosted educational programs on topics related to the environment, such as appreciating area wildlife, learning to compost effectively and planting an herb garden.
“It’s an exciting week all around Domtar,” said Heather Stowe, manager of corporate social responsibility and leader of the EarthChoice Ambassador program. “I hope people will look for details where they work and live and make an EarthChoice of their own.”