Colleagues around the world recognized this important day in many
different and special ways, all of which were uniquely their own and
showed our collective passion for sustainable practices that will
leave this world a better place for future generations.
From Kolin, Czech Republic to Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and everywhere in between, our strategic business unit successfully demonstrated that small changes and efforts by all truly do make a big impact. #makingadifferencetogether
Almost 100 people – employees and families, gathered on Saturday, April 13, to plant their own tree on the facility grounds. Families chose the planting location with the most visible options reserved for the smaller children "so they can proudly watch the tree grow each time they drive down the road," explained Josef Dolezal, EHS leader, global integrated supply chain. The children also drew and hung pictures on each tree to commemorate their Earth Day efforts.
Galway created awareness around Earth Day throughout the week of April 15-19 by sharing sustainability tips in the cafeteria; hosting a 'walk & run' lunchtime event in a local park; planting a tree; launching an upgraded gym space; and initiating a 'lights out' period of all 1,000 lights on-site from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20.
Arecibo Earth Day
The Environmental, Health & Safety Team took full advantage of Earth Day by celebrating throughout the week and incorporating health and safety training into the mix as well. "We are committed to taking care of our land and the resources it provides, the health of our employees and the safety of our work areas," said Jose Martinez-Rivera, Environmental, Health & Safety manager.
On April 24, the team highlighted the conservation of natural resources and the care of the environment. Outside representatives visited and shared souvenirs with employees, including the Puerto Rican Coffee Cibales, plants, trees, reusable bags, and delicious oranges. In addition, hurricane, earthquake and tsunami preparedness information was provided to employees.
April 25 was dedicated to health. A personal trainer was on site
to talk nutrition; an exercise class was held; health clinics were
offered on disease prevention; various tests were available such
as thyroid, glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, and vision;
massages and chiropractic services were provided; and information
was available about organ donations, smoking addiction and mental
'Safety is everybody's job' was the theme on April 26. Outside companies and local police visited the plant to share information on a wide variety of safety topics ranging from personal, to animals and bees, to weather emergencies, to the workplace. The day also included a raffle for safety and security accessories and equipment, as well as a giveaway of emergency supplies.
Our team in Brussels has challenged local employees to improve on recycling and waste management efforts by removing individual garbage bins and swapping them with strategically placed bins designated for paper and cardboard, cans and plastic, and general waste. The goal of the new process is to ensure proper and thoughtful recycling and garbage collection.
Thermo King celebrated 'Earth Week' April 29-May 3 by offering a variety of events and activities that educated and rewarded employees for making small changes that make a difference.
The on-site Green Team: