More Earth Day stewardship in action

By Kathy Hill

UNY regional executive Melanie Littlejohn kicks off Central NY's Earth Day event.

UNY regional executive Melanie Littlejohn kicks off Central NY’s Earth Day event.

National Grid employee volunteers celebrating Earth Day are known for putting environmental stewardship into action throughout April and May. In just one of a series of community revitalization projects across the company’s service area, more than 100 employees returned to Camillus Erie Canal Park, just west of Syracuse, in early May. Expanding on their work at the park in the previous year, employees cleaned up a walking trail and made light repairs to a canal bridge. As part of a Mule Path Subsidence Project, they also replaced a recently collapsed drainage culvert, restoring its ability to drain properly into the canal. Finally, they widened and mulched the mule path, also called a towpath, for the enjoyment of snowmobilers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

employee volunteers for Earth DayRepresentatives of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation were in attendance, presenting National Grid with its 17th consecutive Tree Line USA Award from the Arbor Day Foundation. The award recognizes the company’s efforts to deliver safe, reliable electricity service while ensuring abundant, healthy trees across its service area.

“We are proud to recognize and take part in Earth Day, this year and every year,” said Melanie Littlejohn, National Grid regional executive for upstate New York. “Environmental conservation and volunteer activities in the communities we serve go hand-in-hand. Earth Day is an opportunity for us to make a difference in the communities where our employees live and work, and in the larger environment, beyond the work we do every day.”

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National Grid employees continue to build on a proud tradition of volunteerism through individual commitment and the company’s Power to Serve employee volunteer program.

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