National Grid Celebrates Earth Day Across Upstate New York

By David Bertola

As part of last year’s Northeast 80 x 50 Pathway, a deep dive analysis into ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, National Grid is committed to taking on climate change and taking steps toward a clean energy future.

As part of our work to achieve those targets, and in conjunction with our environmental policy and programs, we continued our annual commitment by sponsoring Earth Day activities across the company’s service territory, which includes New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In Upstate New York, National Grid employees kicked off Earth Day events on April 17 in Buffalo, where employees volunteered at Pelion Community Garden at City Honors School. There, they built a composting area, which will be used to improve soil in the science beds that the school uses each growing season.

National Grid volunteers at Pelion Community Garden

National Grid volunteers take a break to pose for a quick photo opp before getting back to work at Pelion Community Garden.

National Grid volunteers at Papscanee Island Nature Preserve

These National Grid volunteers were on a roll with Earth Day cleanup efforts at Papscanee Island Nature Preserve.

All total, approximately 200 National Grid employees are scheduled to participate in various upstate New York Earth Day activities, which include:

Albany – Monday, April 22
At Papscanee Island Nature Preserve, Castleton-on-Hudson, volunteers will take part in a spring cleanup, clearing trails, collecting branches, raking leaves and removing debris.

Syracuse – Monday, April 22
National Grid sponsors the Syracuse Mets Earth Day baseball game, where volunteers will distribute bags that include two energy-efficient LED lightbulbs, safety outlet covers, foam inserts to insulate outlets, Dig Safe t-shirts, as well as safe digging and natural gas safety brochures. National Grid’s energy efficiency and Dig Safe messaging will air throughout the game.

Sebastian during the Syracuse Mets Earth Day game

Donning his National Grid gear, Sebastian works the crowd into a fever pitch during the Syracuse Mets Earth Day game. Sebastian is the nephew of National Grid employee Danielle Lazzaro.


Syracuse, April 23 to April 26
National Grid will sponsor an LED lightbulb giveaway at area community centers, and share messages about the benefits of the energy-saving LED bulbs, which can help to reduce electricity bills.

Leavenworth Park, Syracuse – Friday, April 26
National Grid volunteers will clean up debris and perform landscaping work at the Syracuse City park.

ClearPath for Vets Chittenango Landing –  Friday, May 3
National Grid volunteers will perform maintenance work on trails and assist in building a corridor that connects Chittenango Landing to Village Creek Walk.

Chittenango Botanical Gardens – Friday, May 3
Volunteers will clear branches, lay mulch, clean the walking path, remove debris and install crushed stone. They also will weed and edge around Sycamore Circle and apply a fresh coat of stain to the bridge.

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