Fermilab celebrates Arbor Day and Earth Day next week

Martha Michels

Martha Michels, head of the ESH&Q Section, wrote this column.

What does it really mean to be a good steward of the Earth? How about doing something as simple as planting a native tree or shrub?

Get involved this Arbor Day, Tuesday, April 22, with Fermilab Roads and Grounds and the Fermilab Natural Areas team to help enrich Mother Earth. Tree planting takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You can also get more great, green ideas at the labwide, ESH&Q Section-sponsored Earth Day Fair on Thursday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wilson Hall atrium. Come celebrate with your co-workers, and perhaps win an ecological prize as you enjoy a snack or two.

Earth Day and Arbor Day both aim to create awareness and appreciation for the environment. They also encourage us to learn something new and to practice Earth-friendly habits at work and at home. Perhaps most importantly, they remind us to have fun and that it really is easy being green.

The following are a few of the Earth-friendly activities and laboratory organizations at this year’s Earth Day Fair:

  • Visit the Fermilab Natural Areas table for information and brochures on taking care of the laboratory’s natural beauty.
  • Take Five with the Traffic Safety Subcommittee, have a look at the new Take Five Poster, and learn about the benefits of carpooling and registering with GreenRide.
  • Learn about the green practices used by Clorica Management Corporation, which provides janitorial services at Fermilab.
  • Take home a CowPot and browse catalogs from the Fermilab Garden Club.
  • Learn about the environmentally friendly choices you can make when requesting products from the Fermilab Stockroom.

You can be sure to find something inspiring and helpful for you and the environment at the fair, organized by Anna Campbell. We hope it will encourage you to practice good stewardship of the Earth, which we all share.

Taxi service frequency will be increased during fair hours. Arrange taxis by calling x4225.