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HRC and Earth Day

Post submitted by Michael Cole-Schwartz, Former HRC Director of Communications

Over the years, HRC has taken great strides in making progress towards equality—while doing our important work, we have also worked to protect the environment. Here are some ways we have made a big impact while reducing our impact on the environment:

HRC’s Green Roof.

The HRC Foundation Building is one of only two buildings in the District with a green roof. Our Green Roof has Sedum plantings that reduce up to 75% of rainwater runoff, thus limiting the flow of pollutants into the city’s water system. Green roofs like ours provide greater insulation and help mitigate the urban heat-island effect , since they don’t reflect high levels of heat up to our offices or neighbors.

Working for Equality with the Environment in Mind

When it’s absolutely necessary to print some of our publications, our preferred vendor is a printing company that is 100% wind powered, carbon neutral and employs qualified union craftsmen. Many of our reports are printed with 100% environmentally-friendly soy-based ink. 

EARTH DAY: HRC is an Energy Star

 HRC was recognized leading into this year for our efforts to save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.  The HRC Foundation Building received this designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program. For being more energy-efficient than 75% of comparable buildings.

Be Green this Earth Day: Support HRC the Greenest Way 

Eco-Friendly HRC Bag

Since Partners is HRC’s greenest and most cost-effective giving program, we offer an exclusive eco-friendly reusable bag to all of our generous HRC Partners. It’s perfect for quick trips to the farmer’s market, bringing your lunch to work, or carrying your shoes as you walk to work in sneakers. We send these out twice a year to reduce the costs associated with shipping and manufacturing.

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