Business and government honor Earth Day with sustainable practices

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It’s great that as we prepare to celebrate Earth Day, there are so many embracing sustainability concepts in their own practices. Regulations, based on science, may appear daunting to a layperson. As a professional, I’d like to give a shout-out to all the businesses and government entities who’ve found value in addressing environmental protection.

In 1970 Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson officially designated April 22nd as Earth Day. It was during a time when people were very concerned about what was happening to our environment. Earth Day is intended to be a learning opportunity for schoolchildren and to raise awareness about the value of protecting our environment.

The 70s are also when the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts were passed, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created. Decades of implementing both these Acts and other environmental regulations have accomplished much to protect vital resources. Resources that are critical to our health and wellbeing.

These regulations have been very successful in protecting the environment. So successful that some people question whether they are all needed any longer particularly in light of the perceived burden they impose. Questions regarding regulation implementation will increase as populations increase along with the associated development.

I strongly believe it is more important than ever for science and research continue to form the basis of environmental regulation. We can continue to address important environmental protections while fully supporting economic growth.

More businesses are embracing the idea of sustainability – giving it more than just lip service. The business community is increasingly seeing the value of balancing a triple bottom line: environment, social and economic.

Let’s celebrate Earth Day by continuing to address environmental issues as part of business “best practices”. We’ve accomplished so much due to current environmental regulations. And I look forward to a “sustainable” future as those regulations continue to evolve.

Laura Morland, PE

About the Author

As Environmental Practice Leader, Laura Morland, P.E., gets involved with a variety of projects. She enjoys the collaborative nature of the environmental practice, which involves clients, stakeholders and  environmental specialists in developing solutions. “I like having a chance to apply lessons-learned to new projects and situations.” In her spare time, she enjoys reading and working in her woods and prairie.


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One response on “Business and government honor Earth Day with sustainable practices

  1. Very well put, Laura. Its easy to forget how bad things were before the development of science-based regulations. Our rivers no longer catch fire, for example.

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