Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson, a former United States senator, in 1970, as a means to raise awareness and protect our environment. Twenty million Americans participated in the first Earth Day and in December 1970 Congress created the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help protect the environment, according to the EPA’s official website. Throughout the week of April 17, Northrop Grumman celebrated Earth Day across the United States. greeNG, the company’s environmental sustainability program, and the volunteer-led greeNG employee resource groups hosted more than 40 events, with a focus on waste reduction. Employees joined together to gather goods to donate for reuse, collect trash on the side of roadways, attend educational webinars and more.
Northrop Grumman partnered with more than 50 organizations outside the company to educate and give back to the community. Throughout the week a variety of donations were collected for the Lions Club, Soles4Souls and the INOVA Juniper Program. The donations not only help local communities, but aid in reducing, reusing and recycling personal belongings such as electronics, professional clothing and eyeglasses. In addition, employees in Irving, Texas and Falls Church, Virginia recycled 2,700 pounds of electronic waste, such as computers, televisions and cell phones.
Northrop Grumman is committed to environmental sustainability and being a responsible corporate citizen in our local communities. Engaging with employees and helping them better understand how they can contribute is just one aspect of the company’s environmental sustainability initiatives. The company also set three 2020 environmental sustainability goals focused on its own operations:
- Reducing absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 30 percent from 2010 levels
- Reducing absolute potable water use 20 percent from 2014 levels
- Achieving a 70 percent solid waste diversion rate (percentage of total solid waste that is diverted from landfill).
Everyone has the opportunity to help in protecting our natural environment. Additional information is available from many sources including the World Wildlife Foundation’s Green Tips.