News | May 2, 2016

Distribution centers take time to keep the planet clean

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs DLA Distribution Public Affairs

DLA Distribution not only supports the warfighter; it also strives to improve the sustainability of critical resources.  That’s why, in recognition of Earth Day 2016, several distribution centers dedicated time to giving back to the planet.

To do its part, the DLA Distribution Corpus Christi, Texas, workforce engaged in a 30-minute collective trash collection effort.  According to distribution center commander Army Lt. Col. Brian Richie, the event was a team building exercise to posture the team’s grounds and facilities to project the professional image that is displayed in its actions every day. 

In total, the team collected approximately 36 bags of refuse, weighing in excess of 400 pounds. 

At DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pa., the Installation Support team provided tours of the installation’s Recycling Center to prekindergarten children from the Child Development Center.  The children brought recycled items to create a piece of artwork that will later be displayed at the distribution center’s Eastern Distribution Center.  Each child also received a spruce sapling to plant. 

Additionally, the installation hosted its semiannual Adopt-A-Highway event on April 30, during which volunteers cleared litter from a local highway. 

Across the Atlantic, DLA Distribution Sigonella, Italy, commander Navy Cmdr. Pamela Dozier led her team in an installation-wide Earth Day celebration. To spruce up host Naval Air Station Sigonella, distribution center employees planted flowers in front of the organization’s command building and cleared the grounds of trash and debris.

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection and sustainability. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.