SOLAR PRODUCTION117.9MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
EQUIVALENT TO 91.4 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
EQUIVALENT TO $12,620 DOLLARS SAVED
EQUIVALENT TO 198,140 MILES NOT DRIVEN
Making the area around their workplace more visually appealing and more sustainable was the goal – but the MCCS team in Clearwater, Fla., received an unexpected bonus from their recent office park landscaping project: a beautification award from an appreciative Pinellas County.
“We came up with our own plan for a garden for the site,” said MCCS team spokesman and Green Living Committee member Juan Barrero. Macy’s associates volunteered for the planting effort, which beautified the grounds surrounding the facility. “The City was very touched by the effort!” said Barrero. The Macy’s team was pleased and surprised that their efforts resulted in the Pinellas County Beautification Program “New Gardener” Award from Keep Pinellas Beautiful, an organization committed to conserving and beautifying the natural environment through community engagement and education.
Beautifying areas with landscaping provides extensive benefits. A study by the Center for Urban Horticulture found that workers who can view nature from their work environment had better job and life satisfaction, as well as better health. It has sustainability benefits, too.
Parks, green spaces and trees are often referred to as “pollution scrubbers” as they clean and purify the air by providing oxygen, according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Root systems capture pollutants found in rainwater, protecting water sources from unhealthy runoff and preventing water pollution, as well.
The MCCS Clearwater team has a history of volunteer sustainability projects, said Barrero, including a beautification project to benefit a local big cat sanctuary and a holiday card collection and recycling program, with cards delivered to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Sustainability Committee at MCCS Clearwater continues to come up with new ideas for sustainable projects, and is looking forward to a great 2017. Congratulations to the MCCS Clearwater Sustainability Committee for their great work!
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