Earth Week at Carlson Includes Clean-ups in Natural Areas, Environmental Webinar and Seed Give-Away for Employees

Minneapolis, MN | April 21, 2009

Employees at Carlson are going green.

Carlson is celebrating Earth Day on Wednesday with an on-campus environmental fair hosted by commercial real estate company CB Richard Ellis, and is extending activities for employees throughout the entire week.

The Carlson Green Team has developed projects that include cleaning natural areas in four communities, giving garden seeds to campus employees, and providing environmental bookmarks for children.

Activities also will include a webinar, "Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle," provided by the local non-profit organization Hands on Twin Cities.

Carlson employees volunteered to clean Minneapolis parks on Saturday, April 18, and have been invited to participate in similar projects on the Pilot KnobTrail in Mendota Heights, Minn., and the Katherine Ordway Natural History Area in Rosemount, Minn., on Saturday, April 25.

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"Our efforts around Earth Day are designed to reinforce our commitment to responsible business and further educate our employees on the importance of environmental protection," said Molly Biwer, Carlson's vice president of corporate communications and public relations.

The Carlson Green Team also is providing lists of environmental fun facts and inviting employees to take a six-question "Eco-IQ," which includes questions about pollution, energy efficiency and recycling.

In addition, Carlson Hotels employees in Omaha, Nebraska, will observe Earth Week with events featuring recycling, energy efficiency, wellness and a tree seedling give-away. Omaha employees also have been invited to volunteer for a Keep Omaha Beautiful event set for Saturday, May 9.

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