Natural gas utilities safely and reliably deliver energy to more than 177 million Americans and are true partners in the communities they serve. Many utilities have served their customers for more than 100 years. It is important for the American Gas Association (AGA) and our more than 200 utility members to give back to these communities, especially on Earth Day.
Earlier this month, a group of AGA and Washington Gas staff volunteers participated in the 26th Annual Anacostia River Clean-Up as part of an Earth Day service project put on by the Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF). During the event, which took place in 209 sites along the Anacostia Watershed in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, volunteers removed trash, tires and plastic bags. AGA and Washington Gas volunteers primarily focused on picking up trash in and around Four Mile Run in Shirlington, Va. According to the AFF, more than 6,000 volunteers collected 131.5 tons of trash, including 537 tires, 19,500 plastic bags and 100,600 beverage containers.
To commemorate Earth Day, AGA member Entergy Mississippi gave a $7,500 grant to the Jackson Zoo’s Wild Learning Project, which brings Jackson Public School students to the zoo for free educational field trips. Entergy also invited their Facebook fans to post their favorite nature photographs for a chance at winning a $100 donation to an eligible nonprofit of choice.
Employees of Baltimore Gas & Electric teamed up with Blue Water Baltimore to help plant trees in Cherry Hill Park on Earth Day. The trees will contribute to the growth of the tree canopy and help to work to make the watershed cleaner and healthier. Enbridge Gas is once again participating in Trees Across Toronto to help rebuild the urban forest’s tree canopy near the utility’s offices.
AGA member Consumers Energy celebrates Earth Day all year long focusing on a series of sustainability efforts. Since 1992, Consumers Energy has recycled 16,266 gallons of paint, 267,000 gallons of fuel, 190,948 pounds of electronics, 134,000 yards of paper, 65,000 yards of corrugated cardboard and 608,694 batteries.
These are just a few highlights of the efforts underway in AGA’s members’ communities. Let us know in the comments section below what you’ve been doing to celebrate Earth Day this year. We’d love to highlight your efforts on AGA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.