Earth Day Cleanup Events Activate Thousands of Volunteers

Earth Day Cleanup Events Activate Thousands of Volunteers

Earth Day gives us an opportunity to focus on why we as a society need to rethink our relationship with resources.  We often talk about the importance of taking part in creating a world without waste – on adapting from a culture of take, make, dispose, into to an economy of reduce, recover, recycle. To put our actions to words, United Water and SUEZ Environnement sponsor events in the communities we serve and activate thousands of employee and community volunteers at spring “clean-ups” throughout the month of April.  Across the country, we fill trash bags and pickup trucks with the trash that is carelessly littered in our parks and threatening to pollute our watersheds.   We also support events to bring communities together to celebrate the environment as well as a national partnership with the Student Conservation Association. May 2 Delaware: The White Clay Creek Fest at the Carpenter Recreation Area celebrates the many ways to protect and enjoy the White Clay Creek State Park. Springfield & Holyoke, MA: Volunteers will support the Great American Earth Day Cleanup Richmond, VA: Volunteers will support the annual Cheswick Park Stream Clean-up.  The event starts at 10:30 at 1700 Forest Avenue in Henrico, VA.   April 25th – April 26th Freeport, NY: Operation SPLASH will host 100 volunteers on the first cleanup outing of the season.  Hop on a boat and help to clean up bays around Long Island. Indianapolis, IN: Thousands will gather for fun and a celebration of Earth Day at the Earth Day Indiana Fest in White River State Park.  East Providence, RI: Volunteers will gather for an Earth Day cleanup of the...
A Call for Participation and Collaboration on World Water Day

A Call for Participation and Collaboration on World Water Day

At the crossroads of all social, economic and environmental activities, fresh water is our most fundamental asset. And right now, it is under pressure.  Industrial, agricultural, domestic water requirements and usages continue to increase in an effort to keep pace with an ever-growing global population that is causing demand to grow, decade by decade.   For World Water Day, focused this year on “water and sustainable development” our group – spanning 70 countries and 5 continents –  is raising awareness about the need for politicians and individuals alike to participate in decisions to secure water resources for the future.   For our part, members of the SUEZ Environnement group are adopting innovative solutions – to prove that it is possible to build a society capable of generating and regenerating resources essential to its future. Furthermore, we have set a priority to facilitate access, while working to protect the resource.   On a global scale, access to water and sanitation remains a crucial issue of immediate concern in many countries. According to data from the WHO, 780 million people around the world still lack access to safe drinking water, while 2.6 billion people do not have access to sanitation services.   Rising to the challenge, we are implementing solutions to secure the right to water while meeting challenges such as access to water, protecting resources and socially inclusive water pricing.  In fact, since 2000, SUEZ Environnement solutions in emerging countries have made it possible to connect 14.1 million people to drinking water services and 7.1 million people to sanitation services.   In India for instance, water consumption is expected to double...