Thoughts on National Green Week and sustainability
The first week of February is National Green Week in the United States. This initiative is led by the Green Education Foundation, a "national non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education."
National Green Week's goal is to "empower schools to engage in sustainability focused lessons, projects or activities between the first week in February and the end of Earth Month (April)." So really, National Green Week is much more than a week—fitting, seeing as these themes are so important to protecting our environment for many years to come.
Eurofins Environment Testing North America believes that a clean and safe environment is a prerequisite for health and quality of life. In addition to our testing and analysis capabilities, we value participation in volunteer sustainability and conservation efforts in our communities. Throughout the global company that is Eurofins Scientific, we strive to contribute to a greener society.
The Green Education Foundation focuses on six sustainability themes during Green Week, all which comprise a foundation of a "sustainable future through education." They include lessons on waste reduction; green energy; sustainable water; gardening; building/operations efficiency; and eco-friendly transportation.
Eurofins takes part in several different initiatives across the country, but the Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories campus in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has well-documented sustainability traditions that are compiled in a yearly report. Environmentally conscious employees work together to reduce consumption; encourage recycling; promote conservation; and educate the workforce on the benefits of improving efficiency and minimizing the environmental impact of operations.
Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories has various receptacles in and around the campus that are devoted to the recycling of magazines, eyeglasses, clothes, K-cup pods, and cell phones. Their efforts include volunteering as judges for local school science fairs, and encouraging employees to utilize a successful ride-share program. These examples barely cover all the activities they do and the goals they work toward each year—take a look at their sustainability report for in-depth descriptions of their commitment to corporate social responsibility. Eurofins QC, about an hour away in Horsham, Pennsylvania also joins Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories in the practice of partnering with local schools and universities to donate unused and lightly used lab equipment and supplies.
Several years ago, Eurofins Eaton Analytical (two laboratories of Eurofins Environment Testing in Monrovia, California; and South Bend, Indiana) established a new donation program for Water for People, a charitable foundation whose mission is to expand the availability of safe water throughout the world. Water for People was born out of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the largest nonprofit, scientific, and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water. In 2016, Water for People set 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to "end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change."
In 2014, Eurofins Eaton Analytical began creating bobble-heads of important or interesting people in the water industry and raffling them off at the Water Quality Technology Conference each year. The bobble-head raffles have raised nearly $5,000 for Water for People. Eurofins Eaton Analytical recognizes water quality to be critical to public health protection, and understands this starts with green accessibility for vulnerable communities worldwide.
We hope that these practices are just the beginning for Eurofins Environment Testing North America, and that we can continue to advocate for green solutions and non-profits that help our environment. Learn about our nine laboratories and their capabilities by visiting any of the "Services" sections of this site. To find out more about Green Week and the initiative spearheaded by the Green Education Foundation, visit their website here.