“Take Action. Be a part of the green revolution,” urges the text on earthday.org. “For Earth Day 2023, we need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet.”
The earthday.org website gives details about Earth Week 2023 events and other activities, the Earth Day legacy since its beginning in 1970 and more.
A recent Earth Day celebration at CJ Logistics America’s corporate headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois, featured a presentation from Ecologist and Environmental Specialist Kurt Hansen. Hansen, who specializes in project environmental compliance and project management for private developers, municipalities, government units, utility companies and departments of transportation, talked to the CJ Logistics corporate and transportation teams about the history of Earth Day, the EPA and recycling efforts. A passionate native plant advocate himself, Hansen also worked with the teams on potting house plants selected specifically for an indoor office environment.
Hansen gave the team members ideas about how to be most effective in their recycling efforts, reminding them to reduce, reuse and recycle, and to refrain from “wish-cycling” – putting something in the recycling bin and hoping it will be recycled. He called attention to the serious problem of putting plastic bags with recyclables and pointed out that while less than 8% of plastics are recycled, 30% of glass and 70% of cardboard is recycled. And, he said that 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use.
As a company, CJ Logistics is committed to fulfilling social and environmental responsibilities, pursuing sustainable growth with customers, employees, partners and local communities, and focusing on opportunities to make a positive impact economically, socially and environmentally.
In CJ Logistics’ warehouses, the company monitors energy usage and identifies sustainability projects to implement in partnership with customers. CJ Logistics’ transportation-focused sustainability efforts include consolidated shipping, SmartWay certification and a strict “no idle” policy. Consolidating multiple customers with a single destination onto a shared truck leads to reductions in trucks on the road, miles traveled and cost for program participants.
CJ Logistics engages in large-scale network modeling projects on a regular basis for many customers engaged in growth initiatives and M&A activities. While the goal of network redesign is generally efficiency and cost reduction, better placed warehouses and optimized transportation routes also result in a more sustainable network with a reduced carbon footprint.
An excerpt from our guest speaker, Kurt Hansen:
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