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The Home Celebrates Earth Day by Launching Agency-wide Green Initiative
BOSTON — In recognition of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, The Home for Little Wanderers — the nation’s oldest child and family service agency and one of New England’s largest — is rolling out a new agency-wide plan to encourage employees to be “green.” The non-profit, which employs nearly 600 people throughout its 17 programs in Eastern Massachusetts, launches the initiative at its Symphony location, 271 Huntington Ave., today at 12 noon.
While The Home has been recycling paper and bottles for several years, it was staff who volunteer on a newly formed Green Committee who presented to The Home’s Executive Management Team the idea of broadening items that can be recycled, educating employees to be more eco-friendly, and how being greener can save the organization money.
According to Joan Wallace-Benjamin, Ph.D., President and CEO of The Home for Little Wanderers, “The launch of this program couldn’t have come at a better time, as many non-profits are looking at ways to help the environment and save on resources.” She also explained that since new single stream recycling bins and reusable kitchen supplies arrived in the office a few weeks ago, there has been a visible increase in the number of items being recycled an increase in employee morale. “Our staff seems energized and motivated to not only be making a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve, but the environment and community.”
The Home’s Green Committee plans to continue raising awareness about their recycling program through an awareness campaign using posters, email tips, contests, lunchtime educational workshops, and social media.