Employees deliver donated office supplies to Providence
House’s Working to Learn program.
Last month, environmentally conscious Louisianans counted themselves among the more than 1 billion people who participated in Earth Day-related activities.
Officially held on April 22, Earth Day marks the largest civic observance in the world and aims to increase awareness of environmental issues and celebrate milestones of green stewardship.
In conjunction with other statewide festivities, the City of Shreveport, Louisiana, hosted a special event to highlight city initiatives that have conserved energy and preserved the environment. Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles were on display next to the city’s public transit buses, refuse trucks and para-transit vans all against the background of Shreveport’s CNG fueling station.
“I’m proud to lead a city that sees the intrinsic value in taking proactive steps to protect the environment not only for ourselves but also for future generations,” said Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover. “In Shreveport we have an impressive team of folks, both in the public and private sector, who are actively engaged in this campaign on a daily basis, and I believe we’re making a positive difference to preserve our future.”
In addition to participating in the city’s celebration, Chesapeake employees across the company participated in Green Cleaning Week, an opportunity to “green clean” their offices and copy rooms by gathering unused or gently used office supplies for recycling or donation to organizations in need.
In the Haynesville Shale, employees donated notepads, pens, binders and other office supplies to the Providence House, a short-term transitional housing program that utilizes an individualized support program focusing on education, child care, parenting, money management and life skills development.
“A major component of breaking the cycle of homelessness is education. Our “Working to Learn” program provides an opportunity for clients to focus solely on gaining a GED to provide for their families,” said Simone Hennessee, Executive Director of Providence House. “This donation of supplies takes an additional burden off our organization and our clients as they are given access to everyday tools that allow them to learn and succeed.”
Since concern for the environment is more than a monthly celebration at Chesapeake, the company focuses on a number of year-round efforts to support green initiatives such as the Bossier Parish Clean and Green Campus awards where the most well-maintained campus wins funds to further improve its grounds and operational efforts to reduce emissions and environmental impact. You can learn more about Chesapeake’s environmental initiatives and focuses on the environment section of chk.com.