Happy Earth Month! Sustainability is one of Miron Construction Co., Inc.’s key corporate drivers year round, but every April the company hosts a variety of events and activities to help employees—and the community—celebrate Mother Earth.
Throughout April, tips on living green have been shared on Miron’s social media channels, along with other articles about the latest in sustainability efforts both locally and globally. Miron team members have also brought green ideas to life this month by partnering with St. Therese Parish in Appleton to build a shed for the local community garden.
During the week of Earth Day, Miron employees have been invited to make a “clean sweep” for spring in a number of ways. A truck from Goodwill will be on-site to collect donated clothing and household items to be reused and sold at local Goodwill stores. Employees are also encouraged to bring in electronics to be recycled by R3new. With donation sites right at Miron throughout the workday, it’s easy to make sure that unneeded items end up in the right place.
On Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22), Miron will host an employee luncheon with presentations by R3new, the Outagamie County Recycling Center and Miron’s sustainable services duo, Theresa Lehman, director of sustainable services and Chad Pingel, manager of sustainable services. As one of Miron’s sustainability experts, Theresa will give an update on Miron’s sustainability efforts, including LEED projects and LEED personnel accreditation. There will also be a gardening program update, with a video detailing Chad’s “Garden More, Stress Less” initiative. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite “green” shirts, and everyone will go home with a new insulated reusable grocery bag.
The Earth Day celebrations are not limited to Miron’s office; on the Lake Mills Elementary School jobsite, site superintendent Jay Kuhlman will host an appreciation luncheon for the construction personnel to acknowledge their dedication and enthusiasm for building the Midwest’s only LEED v4 Beta project. Everyone will go home with new Miron gear and be given the opportunity to win special “Building Green” prizes.
Miron employees were also invited to share their successful experiences in participating in Cool Choices, an employees’ sustainability game designed to encourage green behavior that yields triple-bottom line benefits with Outagamie County and the Town of Grand Chute.
From green aspects of daily project work to everyday life in the Miron office and surrounding communities, the entire company has banded together to live with sustainability in mind, making each day one of respect for Earth’s resources and focusing on enhancing their own health and well-being, all while saving some “green.” This annual Earth Day event is simply a celebration of all of those efforts!
Below are a few photos from our Earth Day Luncheon: our Earth Day employee gift, Chad Pingel (Miron’s Sustainable Services Project Manager) and Theresa Lehman (Miron’s Director of Sustainable Services).