Lockheed Martin (News - Alert) recently announced that new green initiatives to reach its 140,000 employees, their families and communities.
The orchestrated effort is rolling out in conjunction with National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), the largest organized environmental education event in the United States.
EE Week organizes environmental education outreach nationwide to increase Earth Day's impact. By introducing several new company-wide employee initiatives to encourage environmentally-friendly behavior at work, at home and in local communities, Lockheed Martin will celebrate EE Week and Earth Day.
Dr. David J.C. Constable, vice president, Lockheed Martin Energy, Environment, Safety & Health, said Lockheed Martin's goal to raise awareness of natural resource conservation and to help their employees take an active role in their communities. Constable said that "with the reach of the organization's network, we have the opportunity to inspire hundreds of thousands of individuals; starting with employees, their families and communities."
A program of the National Environmental Education Foundation, EE Week reaches millions of students with environmentally-themed lessons and activities. Lockheed Martin donated $5,000 to create the EE Week Nature Center Map, which includes contact information for more than 2,000 nature and environmental education centers.
"We're grateful to Lockheed Martin for making National Environmental Education Week's nature center map possible," said Diane Wood, president, National Environmental Education Foundation. "Giving children unstructured time to explore nature benefits both their physical and mental health. This nature center finder enables families to find nearby outdoor space easily so they can explore nature and have fun learning about local plants and animals."
Lockheed Martin is committed to reduce its energy usage by building and operating greener, more-efficient buildings, embarking on Green IT activities, constructing on-site renewable energy projects and purchasing renewable energy credits.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Partnership, the Corporation ranks among the top 50 organizations in the country in green power purchases based on kilowatt hours of power used.
The Corporation's long-term absolute goals through 2012 are to reduce carbon emissions, waste to landfill and water usage -- each by 25 percent. Lockheed Martin provides a complete range of energy solutions to the government and regulated industry, including the Department of Energy, state and regional energy organizations, utilities and businesses.
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Edited by Marisa Torrieri