Lisa Gardner, AIA, LEED AP
In an effort to encourage people to tackle a more difficult challenge, we provided a game show style spin-the-wheel with a variety of personal challenges and prizes. A popular theme this year focused on what we eat, recognizing the significant impacts that meat processing, food production and packaging have on natural resources. Many people have committed to a vegetarian or vegan diet, or eliminating packaged foods. Reducing water consumption through limited 3-4 minute showers; reducing gas consumption by consolidating errands to one trip a week and taking public transportation; and overall carbon footprint reduction by 40% are just some of commitments that our staff have made for the next several weeks. We will report our successes to these lifestyle changes as we close the event on Earth Day, April 22nd.
The Personal Green Challenge kick-off event wouldn’t have been complete without a party full of food and drink. We celebrated with a green chili cook-out and the staff teamed up to compete for the best, the hottest and the most unusual green chili. It was a great way to welcome spring, give back to the environment and have fun together.