Sustainability is an integral part of the Miron culture and is central to what we do as an organization, both on our project sites and within our offices. In honor of Earth Month this year, we decided to focus on recycling throughout the month of April. Recycling topics and opportunities ranged from recycling batteries, bulbs, and electronics to paper and drug prescription recycling to general information regarding composting and landfills.
All month long, we expanded our knowledge and took part in various events and volunteer activities.
During the first week, we collected a net total of 1,606 pounds of mixed electronics along with 115 computers to be properly and responsibly recycled per environmental regulations.
Because we all like to get a little competitive, employees participated in a Pass it On Goodwill Challenge from April 8th through the 19th. Teams were led by three senior executives in an effort to collect gently used items to donate to Goodwill. Employees donated an impressive combined total of 31,494.06 pounds of items.
Our company-wide Earth Day celebration was held on April 19th. Miron once again hosted the AIA Northeast Wisconsin-sponsored NWTC Architectural Program Trash-to-Treasures competition. Students were judged on projects they created by repurposing materials into new, fresh items. Awards were given for best use of materials, most viable reuse, and most creative adaptive reuse, as well as the coveted Contractor’s Choice Award. The day was rounded out with a neighborhood cleanup and Earth Day social.
All our offices celebrated by pitching in to clean up the communities in which we live, work, and play:
- Milwaukee: Employees assisted with the Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s Earth Day Clean Up at Hart Park in Wauwatosa.
- Madison: As a registered partner of Clean Lakes Alliance, the Madison office teamed up with State Bank of Cross Plains for Renew the Blue Volunteer Day at Tenney Park. They raked and spread native seeds, pulled/cut invasive species and overgrowth, and picked up trash.
- Eau Claire: The Eau Claire office volunteered with a local food bank.
- Wausau: Wausau employees cleaned up a local park.
- Green Bay: Employees in Green Bay took part in a riverside clean-up.
- Cedar Rapids: A LEED Dedication Open House was held on April 23 in acknowledgement of the office earning LEED v4 certification. In addition, an adopt-a-highway clean-up is scheduled for May 3.
Awareness and action are the greatest tools we have when it comes to sustainability. Miron’s corporate culture is focused on the philosophy of “you are where you live,” and we believe that people are a product of their environment. We have a responsibility to protect the planet and preserve it for future generations, not just during Earth Month, but all year long.