AAT employees volunteer for two community projects to promote sustainability, conservation.
Agrium Advanced Technologies’ (AAT) employees helped make Northern Colorado greener and brighter with a pair of volunteer activities on April 20, celebrating the nationwide PLANET Day of Service and Earth Day.
A team of AAT employees joined staff and students at Walt Clark Middle School in Loveland to refresh the school’s on-campus Life Science Greenhouse and Gardens. Another group made an advance contribution to the holiday spirit and energy savings at the same time, creating LED lighting displays that will be used during the Garden of Lights holiday show later this year at the Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins.
“The PLANET Day of Service is a perfect time to support our community and demonstrate our commitment to sustain, protect and improve the environment,” said Sarah Fox, Sustainable Initiatives Specialist for Agrium Advanced Technologies. “At AAT, we aim to use our people, expertise and environmentally-responsible products to make a positive impact on the environment, and to make our community an even better place to live, work and play.”
The events were organized to commemorate the fourth-annual nationwide PLANET Day of Service. AAT is a member of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), a national lawn and landscape association. PLANET members organized volunteer projects in the lawn and landscape industry in towns and cities across the country on April 20 to celebrate Earth Day, April 22.
At Walt Clark Middle School, the AAT employee volunteers pitched in with teachers and students to clean and landscape an area next to the greenhouse to create an outdoor learning space, refinish two picnic tables for use in the adjacent garden area and also plant flowers and shrubs around the greenhouse.
The refresh of the decade-old greenhouse area provided students with hands-on experience in creating a sustainable learning space and contributing to a greener environment on their school grounds.
“It was a joy working with the teachers and students to brighten up a space that means so much to them,” said Fox. “It was a fun opportunity to give back to our community and support students who are eager to make the environment a better place every day.”
While their handiwork won’t be seen until December, AAT employee volunteers contributed to the Garden of Lights holiday show at the Gardens on Spring Creek. They fashioned five large displays of grape clusters and leaves from energy-saving LED lights, which will provide a spring-like touch to the annual holiday light exhibition.