Monday, April 26, 2010

Adams County Employees Commemorate Earth Day

Photo: Commissioner Alice J. Nichol announces new environmentally-friendly initiatives to Adams County employees during the 2010 Earth Day celebration.

Adams County employees commemorated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day last week by learning more about environmental sustainability and taking a pledge to spend an hour of time cleaning up debris in their neighborhoods and parks. The event was coordinated by the Adams County Green Champions, a group of employees dedicated to promoting awareness and supporting sustainable efforts throughout the county.

Approximately 70 county employees gathered to listen to presentations by the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, Alice J. Nichol, and Stephanie Gripne, Ph.D., director of the Initiative for Sustainable Development at the University of Colorado’s Real Estate Center, Leeds School of Business.

Adams County received a $683,800 Federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) that will be used to advance the Green Initiatives Program and fund various environmentally-friendly programs.

“Funding from this grant will be used to support programs that will provide both economic and environmental benefits such as energy-efficiency, waste reduction and improved ‘green’ work environments,” said Commissioner Nichol. “The county is hard at work to make sure this funding will be used in the most effective ways possible. Over the next few months, more recycling bins will be placed in all departments, we will be conducting a county wide energy audit, replacing light fixtures with energy-efficient bulbs and developing education initiatives to support employees’ efforts to be more environmentally conscious at work and home.”

For more information on Adams County’s Green Initiative, email You can view highlights from the Earth Day event in the lobby of the Adams County Administration Building, 450 S. 4th Ave. in Brighton, throughout the month of May.

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