We have just entered the month of April! It’s an exciting time for all who are ready for the end of Winter and the return/rebirth of Springtime. But April has even more significance to environmentalists and B Corporations. Not only is Earth Day in April, on the 22nd, but the entire month of April is Earth Month – a time when we give our attention to issues that affect us and Mother Nature.
A quick visit to Google, utilizing the search term “man-made environmental disasters” gives one a sad look at what has been done to the earth in the process of doing business and making a ‘profit’. At Treehugger.com we see a list of ten disasters, most of which have occurred from the 1970s to today. It’s our reality, as citizens of this earth, and one which this commemorative month seeks to change for the better.
Earth Month started as a response to a January 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, which caused major destruction to the environment. In response to that disaster, Earth Month was first celebrated on April 4, 1970.
According to National Today, “ …Earth Month became a global event after 200 million participants from 141 countries joined the initiative. By 1992, the United Nations became actively involved too, which further enhanced the organization’s visibility. Today, Earth Month is widely recognized as one of the most important month-long observances in the world.”
AMS is a B Corporation, and as such, our focus is on doing our best… doing whatever we can to reduce our negative impact on the environment. Purpose before profit is the goal of a B Corporation, and at AMS we seek to Be the Change in a number of ways, very much including our focus on environmental impact. There is a dedicated “Green Team” at AMS made up of employees who meet monthly to discuss improvements that can be made to reduce the environmental impact of our warehouses and offices.
The AMS Green Team is very much engaged in purchasing and using recyclable or biodegradable products. Our Purchasing Department has created a catalog, for use by our clients, of recommended products. As with any fulfillment company, AMS must deal with plastics and packaging – things that need recycling in order to not end up in a landfill. We have found ways to bundle and donate plastic stretch film for recycling into usable products. And we do many other things with regard to packaging, lighting, equipment… anything we can do to reduce our negative impact on the environment.
April is an important month for us in our environmental focus, and AMS employees support the company’s efforts by volunteering for Earth Day events. This year there are four events AMS employees will be participating in as follows:
*AMS Towsley Trail Hike (Cleanup): Start time 10:00 a.m.
24335 The Old Road, Newhall, CA 91321
Register by contacting [email protected].
*Quartz Hill Open Space Joshua Tree Cleanup: Start time 10:00 a.m.
Quartz Hill Reservoir, 40th St W and M-6, just past Equestrian Way
Register by contacting [email protected]
*Middle Creek Wildlife Cleanup: Start Time 11:00am.
100 Museum Rd, Stevens, PA, 17578, USA
Register by contacting [email protected]
*Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity
ReStore Pack-A-Truck: Start Time 9:00am
321 A Independence Blvd, Dover, DE 19904
More information and Registration at their Website:
The theme for Earth Day 2023 is Invest In Our Planet, continuing on the same theme from 2022. It’s a call for governments, businesses and individuals to invest in a better future for the planet. Kathleen Rogers, President of Earthday.org offered these encouraging words:
“In 2023 we must come together again in partnership for the planet. Businesses, governments, and civil society are equally responsible for taking action against the climate crisis and lighting the spark to accelerate change towards a green, prosperous, and equitable future. We must join together in our fight for the green revolution, and for the health of future generations. The time is now to Invest In Our Planet.”
At AMS Fulfillment we do invest in our planet every day, and we are pleased and proud to be a B Corporation, being the change that we all wish to see in the world. Later this month we will feature the work of our Green Team volunteers on Earth Day! We encourage readers and everyone to do their part in honoring Mother Earth. Have a Happy Earth Month – Volunteer!!