Did you know it was a 25-year-old Harvard law student whose fervency about the state of the environment led to the organization of the first Earth Day in 1970? Approximately 20 million people were reported to have taken part in Earth Day-related events on April 22, 1970. Today, it is estimated that one billion people in 191 countries will participate in some form of Earth day event in cities worldwide.
In the 40 years since Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day, new laws have been passed to better protect our natural resources, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created, and the understanding of what individuals and companies can do to combat global warming has increased dramatically. According to PennEnvironment, “the air that the average American breathes today is far cleaner than it was 40 years ago (containing 92 percent less lead, 79 percent less carbon monoxide, 71 percent less sulfur dioxide, and 46 percent less nitrogen dioxide than it did in 1980).
[flickr]set:72157622689155006[/flickr]Southstar Communities is proud to be committed to practices that help sustain and protect the environment everyday. Over our 40 years, we have continually found ways to preserve the natural environments in which we develop master-planned communities, and have also developed company-wide practices that make green development an integral part of the way we do business (after all, is it merely a coincidence that “green” is included in our name?).
To learn more about what Bluegreen is doing to apply green practices to our business, visit our Green Development page. And for more information about Earth Day events and ways you can do your part on this 40th anniversary of the very first Earth day, visit the official Earth Day website.