In the nuclear industry, every day is Earth Day, not only because of our love for clean energy, but because of the commitment employees have to the environment in their communities. On April 22, AREVA’s site in Richland, Washinton celebrated Earth Day by teaming up with the Tapteal Greenway and Energy Northwest for the second consecutive year to clean and enhance the hiking trails at Horn Rapids Park.
Twenty-four volunteers from AREVA and Energy Northwest donned their safety glasses and gloves, clearing overgrowth and debris surrounding the trails and laying down fresh bark. Back at the site, volunteers walked along the road leading back to the fuel manufacturing facility, picking up litter along the street. While this was only AREVA’s second year working with the Tapteal Greenway, the site has been clearing trash from the side of the road on Earth Day for over a decade.
AREVA Inc. made a contribution of $1,000 to the Tapteal Greenway in support of their conservation efforts. The Tapteal Greenway has 20 years of experience protecting natural habitats in South Eastern Washington, including a 35-mile corridor along the Yakima River, where they encourage conservation and outdoor recreation.
As one of the most supported volunteer efforts at the Richland site, the tradition of celebrating Earth Day offers a chance to make a difference in our environment with our colleagues in the nuclear industry.