FirstService Corporation: Volunteers Needed for 45 minute City Block Scavenger Hunt for #CleanUpMonth

FirstService Corporation is participating in National CleanUp Day, with our very own #CleanUpMonth Scavenger hunt. On September 18, 2020, we will be hosting a “City Block Scavenger Hunt” near the FirstService Corporation office in the heart of downtown Toronto. This effort is part of our Social Purpose to #FirstServeOthers in support of #OurEnvironment.

We will participate in the cleanup from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM near 1255 Bay Street, Toronto.

The cleanup location will be a 1.4 km square area of the city surrounding the office.

If you would like to participate, contact Roger Thompson at rthompson@firstservice.com. The deadline to sign up is Friday, September 11th.

We recommend that you bring sunscreen, gloves, water and wear a company-branded shirt.

#FirstServeOthers

FirstService Corporation: We’re Going Lights Out for Daylight Hour 2020 – NEW DATE – June 22

Once again, the companies of FirstService are participating in #2020DaylightHour, a social media campaign designed to engage millions of people worldwide on the importance of energy conservation and wellness in work spaces.

On Monday, June 22, 2020, our remote and corporate offices will turn the non-essential lights off in day-lit areas for one hour from noon – 1 p.m. local time. Since the program’s launch in 2014, 2,300 offices with more than 370 million square feet have participated.

We invite you to join us on June 22!  And when you do, feel free to take pictures to post on your favorite social media channels. Be sure to tag them with  #FirstServeOthers  and #2020DaylightHour!

Earth Day – 50th Anniversary

Earth Day is April 22 of every year. April 22, 2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day.

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.

Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

The world needs you — and your actions — for Earth Day 2020.

There’s so much you can do to help protect and restore our planet, from joining a cleanup or climate strike, to taking part in the world’s largest citizen science initiative, to hosting an event in your own community!

Join a local event or host your own.

FirstService Residential: 3rd Annual WMCCAI Annual Watershed Clean Up

Associates in the local area will participate in cleaning up a local watershed as part of WMCCAI’s Potomac Watershed Clean-Up day. Organized by Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Association.

No website as of yet.

The event is open up to associates. Registration will be posted once they have the site up.

April 18, 2020 from 9am-12pm location https://goo.gl/maps/jv2spHWLRV7igMCe7

Contact Information: Crystal Coats crystal.coats@fsresidential.com 703-679-1521

Earth Month – JUST BUY WHAT YOU NEED Pledge

Whether it’s hoarding essential supplies or reaching for your credit card when you’re feeling low (or bored), there are many reasons why it’s easy to get caught up in over consumption. But the level of waste is huge!

The average person creates over 1,600 lbs. of trash every year.

But you don’t want to be average, do you?

Cut down your waste by making a pledge to only buy what you really need!

Some Tips:

  • take inventory of what you’ve got and make sure your supplies are well organized. Things you ‘think’ you need you may already have

  • challenge yourself to create a meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry or freezer. Google is your friend for recipe inspiration

 

Earth Month – BE WATER-WISE Pledge

Just .4% of the Earth’s water is freshwater, and there are over 7 billion people trying to share it, with far too much being wasted every day. You can make a huge positive impact by taking shorter showers, fixing any leaky pipes around the house, or even sticking something heavy (such as a brick) into your toilet to displace the water and cause less to be used during flushing. If you’re a water-lover, take the pledge to be water-wise

Earth Month -SHOP LOCAL Pledge

Get your food closer to home by finding local CSAs and grocery stores.

Whether you eat a meat or plant-based diet, this one action can drastically reduce your carbon footprint.

Your food will be fresher, tastier, and way more nutritious. And you’ll be supporting your local economy and community, which enriches you in so many ways beyond food.

Take the pledge to shop local.

American Pool: Takes the Polar Bear Plunge to Support Special Olympics

Two dozen members of American Pool recently braved the icy waters of Chesapeake Bay with a shared goal in mind, to raise money to support Special Olympics Maryland. Collectively, the team raised more than $12,000 for this worthy cause. Dressed in everything from monkey suits to patriotic swim trunks, they brought fun and enthusiasm to the plunge. In addition to increasing awareness and funding for Special Olympics, the event was also a wonderful way to build camaraderie and promote the American Pool brand because, after all, they are the experts in all things water-related!

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FirstService Residential: WMCCAI Expo Raffle Donations

For every raffle entry we get at the WMCCAI Expo we will donate $5 to Alice Ferguson Foundation to promote the environmental sustainability of the Potomac River Watershed.

California Closets: Commitments to Excellence and Sustainability Go Hand-in-Hand

When people think of California Closets, impeccable craftsmanship, exceptional design and high-quality materials often come to mind. Maintaining its reputation for excellence is a priority shared by everyone throughout the organization. One of the ways the company does that is by ensuring the materials used in its installations are free of flaws and defects.

Kelly Gray, Purchasing Manager, California Closets

Kelly Gray, Purchasing Manager

When Kelly Gray, an Arizona-based purchasing manager for California Closets, received a material shipment this past December, she immediately identified an issue. Although the structure and base of the material core was good, a large area on the surface had displeasing spotting which made it unusable for California Closets.

The supplier refunded the cost of the material but Kelly’s team was faced with the dilemma of what to do with it. Disposing of it would not only be costly, it would also be in conflict with the company’s commitment to support sustainability. After some brainstorming, Kelly’s team identified two charitable organizations that would be able to use the material: Habitat for Humanity and Stardust.

“We have been collaborating as a team to find ways to support sustainability and the community, and this accomplished both targets. The product we contributed will essentially help to ‘design better lives’ and aligns our brand with other organizations who share our values,” said Kelly.

Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. They envision a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and are dedicated to building, renovating, and repairing simple, decent, and affordable homes for families of modest means. Gifts from individuals, companies, and faith groups provide the necessary funding needed to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

Stardust is a non-profit organization in Arizona that believes that deconstruction and reuse policies and practices can drive economic prosperity, while avoiding unnecessary waste. Stardust operates two reuse centers for home improvement, which sell gently-used, salvaged, and surplus building materials at affordable prices. Additionally, Stardust provides deconstruction services that salvage building materials, diverts waste from landfills, and supports sustainability in the community.

Kelly’s team donated more than 300 boards to both organizations, an inventory valued at $10,000-$12,000!