RICHLAND, Wash. – Protecting the environment is key for EM’s Office of River Protection and Richland Operations Office, and that’s why dozens of Hanford Site employees joined forces to celebrate the importance of Earth Day by cleaning up one of the most popular local parks.
More than 70 volunteers with the local EM office and Hanford contractors Central Plateau Cleanup Company, Hanford Laboratory Management and Integration, now doing business as Navarro-ATL, Hanford Mission Integration Solutions (HMIS), HPMC Occupational Medical Services, and Washington River Protection Solutions met at a local park and filled dozens of trash bags with litter. Volunteers also got to see ducks, porcupines and skunks enjoying the park.
“EM has a large cleanup mission at the Hanford Site, and we partner with our contractors to complete this work,” said Tashina Jasso, Sustainability Program manager for the Richland Operations Office. “This Earth Day volunteer event is an extension of that partnership and, just like our Hanford mission, can’t be done alone, nor can preservation of our environment. We all have an opportunity to give back and celebrate this wonderful planet we call home.”
Hanford is committed to sustainability and practices conserving energy and water, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preventing pollution, and minimizing waste.
“Hanford’s environmental stewardship practices are incorporated into every onsite activity, process and operation we do,” said Scott Davis with the HMIS Stewardship and Environmental Management Systems team, who helped organize the One Hanford cleanup collaboration. “We believe the way we interact with the environment should be practiced outside of work as well, and this park cleanup offered a great opportunity to conduct such an activity in an environmentally positive and responsible way.”
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