When you wish upon a… rainbow? One of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights recently appeared above the headquarters at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Vermont and offered the perfect backdrop for this week’s quote from one of the world’s greatest dreamers.
In today’s Wednesday Wisdom, we join the world in mourning the loss of poet and activist Maya Angelou.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continually makes efforts and encourages our field offices and employees to “go green” in both professional and personal daily life styles. From Virginia north to Maine, we’re proud of our many greening accomplishments!
Here are just a few of our “green day” successes:
- Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex began using vegetable-based hydraulic fluid in some heavy equipment. This reduced the amount of oil that must be recycled or disposed of.
- Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge recycled 66 tons of solid waste. This included 140 cubic yards from a construction demolition project.
- Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge recycled/repurposed 50% of the material taken from their damaged visitor contact station after hurricane Sandy.
- Gulf of Maine Coastal Program in Falmouth printed fewer documents to reduce paper and use of toner. Instead of hard copy files, they now use more electronic files.
- Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Basom, N.Y., recycled demolition waste materials during a major facility improvement. The refuge recycled 305 tons of material including 271 tons of concrete.
- John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia resurfaced a half mile of road with recycled asphalt millings.
- Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resources Office in Vermont boosted their use of environmentally friendly cleaning products.
- Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton, Vt., started a battery recycling program.
- Northeast Regional Office in Hadley, Mass., recycled the old carpet from throughout the building when new carpet was installed.
- Office of Law Enforcement in Richmond, Va., used non-toxic gun cleaning solution.
- Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Massachusetts sent 1.5 tons of waste material to an energy facility after a volunteer beach cleanup.
- Pennsylvania Ecological Field Services Office used biological methods to control pests with minimum use of herbicides on restoration sites.
- Virginia Ecological Services Field Office reused dishes and silverware, rather than using paper plates and plastic utensils.
What steps have you taken to better protect the environment? Comment below.