April 22nd marked the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, the birth of the modern environmental movement that led to bipartisan support for the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Act. For many of us, it’s not Earth Day, it’s Earth Month. Who are we kidding, every month is earth month at A/G!
April was however uniquely jam-packed with industry and community events centered around environmental conservation and resiliency. We heard from California’s Attorney General Javier Becerra and Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon about their commitment to fighting climate change and promoting clean energy regardless of what happens in Washington. At the quarterly Women in Green breakfast, we heard from local leaders from Liberty Hill, the ACLU and the Partnership for Working Families—all of whom are on the front lines of fighting for social, economic, and environmental justice. At MGBCE, we were profoundly inspired by thought leaders like Dr. Antwi Akom who spoke to the imperative of designing resilient communities to safeguard the most vulnerable populations. We also celebrated the successes of the US Green Building Council with the LA County Board of Supervisors and marched with scientists to commend their role in preserving our environment. We even spent a little time out in nature with our clients in the Pacific Northwest. And, we became a carbon neutral company offsetting our scope 1 and scope 2 emissions with Green-e renewable energy credits and verified emission reductions.