A busy April

By Krista Van Tassel
April 9th, 2012

Volunteers help pick organic produce at a local community garden and hopefully inspire a school to follow their lead.April is here! That means it is a particularly busy time for Wells Fargo.

Between National Volunteerism Week (April 16-20), Earth Day (April 22), Teach Children to Save Day (April 24), and Rebuilding Together Day (April 28), all of our 65+ Green Teams are quite busy working to make April a month dedicated to environmental stewardship in all of our activities.

Last year we told you about our focus on energy efficiency repairs for deserving homeowners through Rebuilding Together Day. Many of our teams are renewing their commitment to affordable, efficient housing by tackling another Rebuilding Together project in 2012.

In San Francisco, our Green Team will be assisting an elderly Bayview district homeowner with safety and water efficiency repairs. Our Twin Cities, Minn., team will also be working with Rebuilding Together to assist with repair work in northern Minneapolis, an area hit hard by natural disasters in the last year and with many homeowners in need of help rebuilding their homes and lives.

This year we also introduced a special “green” edition of Hands on Banking®, Wells Fargo’s financial literacy program. Green Teams in Utah and Washington State are helping us pilot our new lessons plans in elementary and secondary schools. The updated lessons present ideas to save money by encouraging reuse and recycling and then guide the class through a budget for developing a school garden (organic, of course).

A team member carries off an invasive species at a habitat restoration project.We are excited to see how these lessons are received by the schools we work with and hope to share them soon through the blog!

For many of our teams, Earth Day is also an opportunity to provide education and awareness to colleagues at the office. In this spirit, several groups are hosting Eco Fairs. Teams from Vancouver, Wash., to Boise, Idaho, from Frederick, Md., to Charlotte, N.C., are planning environmental events at work to showcase simple changes and organizations that can help to reduce our collective impact on the planet.

Many of these teams are also planning volunteer events with local nonprofits, ranging from waterway clean-ups and recycling patrols to park pick-ups and habitat restorations. How will YOU celebrate Earth Day in 2012?

All this proves that there are countless ways we can all make a difference this April—we encourage you to think about volunteering for one or all of the many volunteer celebration events throughout the month. So pick your cause and get involved!

Krista Van Tassel

Krista Van Tassel

As Community and Team Member Engagement manager for Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs Team, Krista supports the company’s 70+ Green Teams, recognizing and promoting environmental innovator best practices, and engaging and educating team members about their role in helping the company’s sustainability efforts. She also manages Wells Fargo’s Environmental Solutions for Communities’ $3 million annual nonprofit grant program focused on helping make long-term sustainable economic investments in local communities where its customers and 264,000 team members work and live. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2009, Krista worked in a variety of sustainability and marketing positions in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Krista earned her MBA in International Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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Comments

Rhonda Fleming-Dalyon June 8, 2012 at 7:31 am:

I wanted to start a rooftop garden in San B at Home Mortgage
but
It was hard to find people more interested in Green Things maybe getting their hands dirty with soil than their stilettos getting dirty. We could have used the heels of their stilettos to aerate the soil and bring forth flowers and fresh veggies and a serene place to have lunch or a break.
Peace Mother Earth

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