Domtar’s celebration of International Earth Day starts early, with a weeklong emphasis leading up to the worldwide day on April 22. We call it Earth Week, and we’ll spend it focusing on the natural gifts of our planet and giving back to our communities.

This year, like many before it, Earth Week will be full of opportunities for Domtar colleagues, their families and their communities to connect with the natural resources that make our lives and jobs possible.

Domtar’s commitment to environmental responsibility and social responsibility are nothing new. Giving back to our communities and our environment is just part of our core value of caring. We are proud of our history as an employer and as corporate citizens in cities in North America and Europe. Investing in our communities is an expression of that caring.

EarthChoice Ambassadors

Domtar’s EarthChoice Ambassador Program further reinforces this concept. EarthChoice Ambassadors (ECAs) are Domtar employees who volunteer their time and energy to promote sustainable practices that focus on our customers, employees, company and community. By identifying and sharing innovative manufacturing methods, educating and encouraging sustainable habits, and leading by example, ECAs embody  Domtar’s sustainability message throughout the organization.

Sustainability is one of Domtar’s three pillars of giving, and the ECA program has become an important part of our corporate social responsibility efforts. ECAs logged more than 4,000 hours of community service in 2016.

Heather Stowe, Domtar’s corporate social responsibility manager and mother of the ECA program, describes the program simply. “All EarthChoice Ambassadors across the company are just that: ambassadors of making and teaching good earth choices. An EarthChoice is any act that benefits the planet or your community.”

Earth Week 2017

This year, during Domtar’s Earth Week, 25 ECA teams in North America are getting together to make hundreds of EarthChoices at work or at home. Events planned for Earth Week in Domtar communities include:

  • Planting trees and gardening in community gardens and parks
  • Holding recycling drives
  • Hosting lunch-and-learn events focused on local agriculture and recycling myths
  • Providing families in need with resources to grow vegetables at home
  • Conducting reading events at schools in coordination with First Book

How will you be celebrating Earth Week? Will you be collecting rain water or participating in a community clean-up event? What’s your EarthChoice? Share your plans by tweeting us at DomtarEveryday.