World Environment Day is considered to be among the most widely celebrated days of environmental action. It was established by the United Nations in 1972 and is designed to stimulate worldwide environmental awareness.
To help celebrate World Environment Day this year, employees located at the RBS Americas building in Stamford volunteered to help plant small vegetable gardens in 50 separate Earth Boxes on company property. Produce cultivated in these gardens - tomatoes, peppers, and herbs - will be used in the building’s cafeteria as part of the food that is prepared for purchase throughout the summer. The bank is also working with Stamford-based Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens throughout the month of June to distribute 45 Earth Boxes to local non-profit organizations to provide children in Stamford with creative and hands-on learning opportunities regarding the environment. Local organizations who will receive Earth Boxes include the Yerwood Center, St. Luke’s Lifeworks, the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford, the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, Soundwaters, and Family Centers in Greenwich.
"Our World Environment Day efforts are focused on engaging with our colleagues in Stamford to provide them with information and options for living a more sustainable lifestyle," said John Queenan, Head of Environment and Sustainability for RBS Citizens Business Services. "We are also delighted to be working with our friends at the Bartlett Arboretum to spread these messages locally in the weeks to come."
Earth Boxes were developed in 2003 and provide a unique, simple and highly productive growing system that can be used almost anywhere to grow vegetables. There are more than 130 sites around the world utilizing Earth Boxes, including schools, clinics, community associations, women’s cooperatives, and corporate campuses, across Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and North America.
RBS has a long-standing history of supporting the environment and sustainability. The firm has achieved the joint highest score of any bank globally in the 2010 Carbon Disclosure Project results, receiving a 93 in the disclosure index and an 'A' in the performance index and was also awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in recognition for its carbon footprint reductions in UK operations and subsidiaries. RBS has also been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Leadership index for 11 consecutive years and has received the Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification on behalf of its buildings in Stamford, Chennai, and Amsterdam. Earlier this year, RBS's food service facility at its Americas headquarters achieved a 4-star rating - the first in the US - from the Green Restaurant Association.
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