GROW BIG — As part of the New Mexico Earth Day celebration, ES&H and Facilities worked together to plant a Pinus nigra or Austrian Pine Tree, which can grow up to 60 feet tall at maturity and can withstand drought conditions and poor soil. Jaime Moya, director of ES&H, center left, and Chris Catechis of ES&H got some help from Kids Day participants and Facilities personnel, and thanked participants after the tree planting. (Photo by Norman Johnson)
A green scene at California’s Earth Day 2018
The spirit of the original Earth Day, which marked the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, was alive and well last week at Sandia/California. John Garcia, Environmental Safety
Action options at the event included an electronic waste recycler who collected 673 pounds of personal electronics onsite, composting education at the Livermore Sanitation and StopWaste booths, and a nature walk led by wildlife expert Robert Holland of environmental management for a deeper appreciation of local birds.
The official 2018 Earth Day theme was “putting an end to plastic pollution,” and John spoke proudly of the Labs’ support for that campaign along with others complementary to Earth Day, such as saving endangered species, promoting green schools, reforestation, climate change and more.
John encouraged attendees to spend time talking with the environmental solutions agencies and companies assembled for the day. Many of the participating companies provide the technology that enables Sandia’s environmental management practices, all of which have a net positive impact on the planet, he said.
Though Earth Day may have come and gone, suggestions are on the official Earth Day website for actions that can ensure Sandia staff live in maximum possible harmony with their natural surroundings.
— Jules Bernstein
Earth Day in New Mexico
At the Earth Day event in New Mexico, John Kay from Sandia’s Stormwater Team showed both young and old how runoff generated by rainfall can carry harmful chemicals and waste to the waterways, and offered ideas to help solve the problem. Sandia's Kids Day attendees joined numerous representatives from Sandia and its partner organizations for a variety of activities at the Earth Day information booths in the Steve Schiff Auditorium lobby. (New Mexico photos by Norman Johnson)