April 20, 2023
Cambridge Focusing on Environmental Wellness and Sustainability
As we approach Earth Day, Cambridge is taking a broader view at the role the environment plays on our wellness and how we can live more sustainably. From hosting workshops focused on making simple, sustainable swaps, to organizing environmental focused corporate volunteer opportunities, Cambridge has focused the entirety of our corporate wellness programming this year on supporting the health of our employees and our planet.
We have been working with Sustainability Concierge, Friday Apaliski, to educate our employees about the benefits that sustainable items provide to the environment and their health. Friday has also been hosting workshops breaking down how employees can live greener by focusing on energy and water efficiency as well as waste and toxin reduction. By presenting these topics in engaging workshops with clearly defined steps to take, we’re setting our employees up to take action and make a difference in a manageable way.
The Cambridge Team has also been getting out in the communities where we work and volunteering to support local, environmentally focused causes:
- In Charleston, members of the Cambridge Team participated in a SCORE (South Carolina Oyster Recycling and Enhancement) oyster reef enhancement project with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR) in partnership with the Coastal Conservation League. The event focused on expansion of the Shutes Folly Oyster Reef, which is located on a small island in the Charleston harbor. The Cambridge Team aided the sustainment of the local oyster population by assisting with the transport and laying of bagged shells and wire reefs. Oysters are a vital part of the local ecosystem, as one adult oyster filters up to 25 gallons of water per day and oyster reefs provide habitat for fish, shrimp, and birds as well as providing erosion control. This is the second event of this type that the Cambridge Team has participated in, and we are proud to support the benefits these reefs and the oysters provide to the local ecosystem and greater community.
- In Tampa, Cambridge personnel supported the Great American Cleanup by participating in the Keep Pinellas Beautiful Gandy Beach Cleanup. Gandy Beach is an intercoastal beach with mangroves that runs along a very busy double lane highway. As a result, a lot of trash is blown/thrown into the mangroves. This cleanup effort was essential, with each Cambridge participant collecting a large bag full of trash, that alternatively could have ended up in the ocean detrimentally affecting the local sea-life.
- In Virginia Beach, Cambridge volunteers supported the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Creek Cleanup and collected almost 10 pounds of litter along the scenic walking path near the Virginia Aquarium. The team included two employees’ toddlers, who are learning the importance of keeping our planet clean.
This Earth Day and all year long, we are encouraging employees to be mindful of how environmental wellness impacts them and how their actions impact nature. Whether focusing on saving energy or water; making eco-friendly purchasing decisions; or reducing waste, Cambridge is taking an active role in the movement toward sustainability. We’ve implemented processes, made purchases which have allowed us to significantly reduce our overall corporate CO2 emissions, and we’re working toward meeting Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reductions goals. You can read more about our vision for environmental stewardship here and you can read more about how we support our customers in improving their environmental performance here.