April 22, 2009 is a special day for our planet, as citizens all over the world pledge to honor the great Mother Earth on this very day. This year’s observance of Earth Day is even more significant and memorable with the launching of The Green Generation Campaign, which strives for three important goals:

  • A carbon-free future based on renewable energy;
  • Each individual’s personal commitment to responsible and sustainable resource use;
  • Creation of a green economy that combats poverty through green education and provision of green jobs.

Recognizing the fervent need to save the planet, stakeholders from all over the world – grassroots communities, local villages, major cities and various companies and organizations – mobilize for this meaningful change.

The building industry is one with the whole world in honoring the planet on Earth Day. Over at Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, for instance, they have released a one-page communiqué “100 Days, 100 Ways”, that gives out 100 Earth Day tips urging property professionals to go green. The essence of BOMA’s message is on energy efficiency (i.e., regular inspection of building equipment and cleaning windows to allow more natural light), water conservation (i.e., install low-flow toilets and reduce water pressure), “reduce-reuse-recycle” (i.e., work with vendors who have recycling programs), tenant awareness (i.e., offer tenant training for recycling and composting programs), and promoting indoor air quality (i.e., dispose of garbage promptly and properly).

With a more concerted effort from more committed stakeholders, Earth Day 2009 carries a more hopeful promise than its previous observances. Everyone must do their share to make this promise become reality for our environment, for the good of all.

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