Green Team Earth Day Celebrations Heard ‘Round the World
By: J.D. Norton
April is a big month for the eBay Green Team, with Earth Hour,Earth Day, Earth Week and all kinds of other Earth Day related events. It’s a month all about celebrations which help remind us to start our own small green initiatives to help the Earth so that future generations can also enjoy this awesome little planet of ours. Needless to say, it’s a bit crazy around the office during April.
Many of our eBay Green Teams around the world planned 2011 Earth Day activities and we hope that many of you also got involved in even the smallest of ways, whether you are Green Team members or not. We all live on this planet and we all need to do our part to be be environmentally responsible..
What exactly went down around the world on Earth Day, you may ask?
San Jose, California
The Green Team hosted a Nissan Leaf test drive event on April 19th at our PayPal campus. It was also commuter education week, hosted by our Workplace Resources team. On Earth Day itself, the WPR team rolled out yet another part of our Zero Waste for Green Space program – replacing all disposable utensils at both of our campuses with silverware!
Leading up to, during and beyond Earth Day 2011, Omaha’s eBay Green Team plans to continue many of the great sustainability programs they have introduced in the past year and also look for ways to expand and introduce more great initiatives. The Community Garden Project continues to go strong, with 40 plots and 80 employees represented. Named aBike Friendly Business by the League of American cyclists, Omaha’s eBay Green Team is planning to continue an awesome cycling tradition and give away their 5th bike to another lucky employee as part of Bike to Work Week this year. Last but not least, employees who participate in the Nebraska State Parks initiative will receive free State Park passes.
Our Green Team colleagues in Chennai, India, hosted a sapling drive on Earth Day. Our Chennai team has been rigorously greening not only their own center, but also the community in which they operate, planting saplings at a local schools and surrounding areas.
The Dreilinden eBay Green Team kicked-off their Earth Day 2011 events with a hazardous waste collection initiative – collecting old paint, eWaste, batteries and all types of other things you can’t just throw out with the garbage or put in a recycling bin. They also collected unwanted working electronics and are collaborating with a local eBay seller who will in turn resell them on the site for them. The money received will be put towards funding a green initiative project in Dreilinden.
Dublin not only planned Earth Day 2011 events, but also Sustainable Energy Week, which falls the week before Earth Day in the EU. Since eBay’s Dublin office is so close to a major roadway, a great deal of litter unfortunately finds its way onto the campus. To fight back, the Dublin eBay Green team hosted a big Earth Day clean-up with the goal of re-beautifying the grounds of this gorgeous office.
Salt Lake City, Utah
The SLC eBay Green Team hosted an open house event the Friday before Earth Day, and on Earth Day had an eWasterecycling drive. Employees were encouraged to begin carpooling to work in order to take advantage of the newly expanded eBay Green Team priority parking program. The SLC team also has big plans once again to host awesome Bike to Work Week events next month. They are also proud to be participating in a big way for the 3rd year in a row at the Salt Lake CityLive Green Eco Fair.
eBay Green Team Preferred Parking Spots for employees who carpool to work
Our newborn Scottsdale eBay Green Team chipped in to help start recruiting new Green Team members at our newest PayPal office in Chandler, AZ. Chandler opened last month with 500 employees and has plans to ramp up to 2,000 employees by mid-next year. A huge thank you to our Scottsdale team members for helping to grow the Green Team family!
Our StubHub team also launched a big recruiting effort for Earth Day 2011 and also launched a Green Team site on our internal employee intranet. Among the goals of the eBay site are to have an area for people to trade/sell items with one another to help extend the life of the products they use each and every day. As you know, the eBay Green Team believes that the greenest product is the one that already exist, so we all should do what we can to extend the life of each and every product we own.
Whew! As you can see, all of our global eBay Green Teams had a busy Earth Day 2011. We wish we could share everything with you, but that would make for one really long blog post.
Regardless of what you did for Earth Day 2011, at work or at home, we hope you will take the pledge to take at least one little green initiative in your life in the year to come. While it’s great to celebrate on Earth Day, it’s what you do on the other 364 days that can add up to create real change.
Here are some simple go green ideas:
- Join the eBay Green Team
- Use one less paper towel each day, or better yet, use a sponge for spills around the house.
- Unplug something. Anything. If it’s plugged in and you aren’t using it – well, it’s just sucking up energy.
- Take the train, bus or carpool one day each week – saves you money and saves the air.
- Use a porcelain mug for coffee instead of a paper cup.
- Print double-sided.
- Wash your laundry in cold water.
- Did we mention, join the eBay Green Team?