In 1970, 20 million Americans across the country gathered for the first Earth Day. Now 46 years later, it’s one of the largest civic observances in the world. Every April 22, people organize walks, events and volunteer opportunities to raise global awareness and motivate others to take action toward environmental change. The creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts all originated through Earth Day.
EmblemHealth is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its operations and looking at ways to “green” the company, its facilities and operations. Our core values — respect, integrity, collaboration, initiative and accountability — not only form the foundation on which to build a successful company, they also serve as a springboard for helping to preserve the environment.
To celebrate and raise awareness, we’ve compiled some free events you can attend in New York City, as well as community organizations that offer volunteer opportunities. Don’t forget to wear green on April 22!
Sunday, April 17, 2016, from 12 noon to 7 pm
Friday, April 22, 2016, from 10:30 am to 1 am
- Sherman Creek Stewardship Day: Earth Day Cleanup at 181st Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan
- Earth Day Afternoon at Greenbelt Nature Center, Staten Island
Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 11 am to 3 pm
- It’s My Park at Rosemary’s Playground at Rosemary’s Playground, Queens
- Earth Day Celebration: Nature Center Open House at Greenbelt Nature Center, Staten Island
GrowNYC has many opportunities for volunteers including, farmers markets, cooking demonstrations, community outreach and recycling. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. If you really want to get involved, the organization has a new Environmental Ambassadors program!
The New York Restoration Project keeps NYC green by planting trees, maintaining public parks and caring for community gardens. Volunteers help keep the city beautiful with fellow New Yorkers focused on sustainability.
For more environmental volunteer opportunities, see this post from Time Out NY.