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GRAEF Employees Walking the Sustainable Talk

GRAEF employees canvas southern Wisconsin cleaning up for Earth Day

At GRAEF, sustainability and environmental impact are core aspects of GRAEF’s mission and approach to business. We’re excited to announce that many GRAEF employees went out and contributed to helping planet Earth by cleaning up over the weekend of April 26th.

To see photos of GRAEF employees and their families cleaning up on Earth Day, visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.632280870189080.1073741827.165108110239694&type=3.

In GRAEF’s Madison, Wisconsin office, we partnered with McKinstry on a great opportunity to help take care of our planet and celebrate Earth Day with our colleagues and partners. As the inaugural Earth Day clean up and celebration, we were pleased with the turn out and hope to make this an annual challenge to our colleagues and partners to be responsible stewards of the environment. Our Madison Office Manager, Loei Badreddine, was interviewed by the media regarding GRAEF’s involvement. "We pick this day to celebrate Earth Day and help clean up our planet. This is our first time doing this and we hope to make it an annual event to share this cleanup with our partners and colleagues," said Loei. Organized clean-up efforts like this let us roll up our sleeves and support the firm’s core aspects of sustainability and environmental impact.

In GRAEF’s Milwaukee, Wisconsin office, the firm found four teams of employees out and about in neighborhoods helping to clean up the city. Employees brought their spouses and children, making it a family-friendly activity.

One team helped the Honey Creek Cleanup (organized by CH2M Hill).

The group was able to clean up 4 bags of debris from one tree alone.

The second team helped clean up at the Urban Ecology Center in the Menomonee Valley. The team helped clean the Silver City neighborhood surrounding the center.

A third team participated in the Menomonee River clean-up and planted native shrubs in the Three Bridges Park.

A fourth team helped clean up at the Lapham Peak Unit of the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest, as a member of the Friends of Lapham Peak 

The Friends members, along with a large group of Boy Scouts from Troop 90 (North Lake), Girl Scouts, and their parents; plus a group of Kohl’s employees, worked from 9:00 to noon, followed by lunch at the Hausmann Nature Center.  They cleared brush and invasive species from around the Nature Center, picked up debris in the Homestead Hollow area, cleaned up the Butterfly Garden area, installed two memorial benches along the trails, and built a large tool shed from a kit at the Butterfly Garden.  (phew!)

Hats off to the GRAEF employees making an effort to keep our planet clean and to make our mission statement Our core purpose is to improve the physical environment for the benefit of society in a sustainable manner…”  a reality.

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