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Green Routine Pledge Drive — The Green Routine Pledge was designed to help VA facilities galvanize staff support for a more sustainable workplace.  This toolkit contains suggested framework and resources to help GEMS coordinators and Energy Managers launch a pledge drive at a VA facility.


World Water Day — Held annually on March 22, International World Water Day External link to a non-government website focuses attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.  This international observance grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.

Earth Hour — Organized by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) and celebrated on March 26, Earth Hour is a world-wide movement geared at raising global warming awareness.  For an hour every year, people are asked to turn off all their lights.  With approximately 80 million Americans turning off their lights during this event in prior years, it has steadily gained in prominence.  Tune in to the Earth Hour web site External link to a non-government website to learn more.


Earth Day — Celebrated annually on April 22, Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson.  The first Earth Day led to the passage of major environmental legislation.  Since then, this event has stimulated people worldwide to take action to improve the health of the environment and continues to raise awareness to the environmental challenges we still face.  Earth Day provides an opportunity for VA to reaffirm and strengthen its commitment to the environment.  Access ideas for celebrating Earth Day at work, at home, in the community, and in the classroom.  Visit the EPA Earth Day External link to a non-government website portal for information on Earth Day-related events and activities.



Held on May 20th in 2011, Bike to Work Day encourages people to bike to work instead of using more greenhouse gas-intensive modes of transportation.  The event is typically held on the 3rd Friday of May.  Visit the League of American Bicyclists External link to a non-government website to learn about events in your area.


National Pollution Prevention Week — The National Pollution Prevention Week External link to a non-government website is the third full week in September each year.  This week is an opportunity for VA employees and facilities to emphasize and highlight their pollution prevention and sustainability activities and achievements, expand current pollution prevention efforts, and commit to new actions.  Suggestions on how you can reduce waste and support pollution prevention activities during National Pollution Prevention Week and every week at work, at home, and at school in the “General Things To Do” pamphlet.


Energy Awareness Month — The Federal Government first set aside time to raise energy awareness in 1981 with American Energy Week.  It became a month-long observance at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 1986. On September 13, 1991, President George Bush proclaimed October as Energy Awareness Month.  It has become a time to recognize the contributions of individuals, organizations, and companies that are committed to advancing energy innovation and efficiency, and to promote the importance of a clean energy economy.  DOE conducts energy awareness campaigns External link to a government website each year.  You can find ideas for greening your home and workplace at Energy Star External link to a government website.


America Recycles Day — Celebrated annually on November 15, America Recycles Day focuses national attention on the importance of recycling and buying recycled content products.  It provides an opportunity for VA to promote the economic, environmental, and energy conservation benefits of recycling and buying recycled, activities that are also legal mandates for Federal agencies.  Find out how you can celebrate America Recycles Day External link to a non-government website on November 15 and everyday at work, at home, at school, and in your local community.