Friday, April 24, 2009

It's Arbor Day!

Happy Arbor Day!Before there was Earth Day, there was (and still is) Arbor Day. Founded by noted agriculturalist and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Julius Sterling Morton, Arbor Day originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska on April 10, 1872, when an estimated one million trees were planted. The day itself was first observed three years later. In 1885, Arbor Day was named a legal holiday in the state of Nebraska, and April 22nd, Morton's birthday, was selected as the date for its permanent observance. (Source: The Arbor Day Foundation).

The curret national holiday for Arbor Day is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April. Arbor Day is also celebrated throughout the world on different dates.

If you don't have a front/backyard where to plant trees (or yours is already at capacity) but would like to get involved in tree planting & cleaning activities, and you live in the Los Angeles area, check out Guidance Green eco-partner Tree Musketeers, the nation’s first youth environmental organization dedicated, at

To learn more about Arbor Day, visit The Arbor Day Foundation website at

Alejandra Espinosa
Guidance Green

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Guidance Green’s Earth Day Potluck

Guidance Green Celebrates Earth Day!There’s Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving Day … and then there’s Earth Day. We love Earth Day! That is why on Wednesday, April 22nd, Guidance employees gathered up to celebrate it with a wonderful potluck, which included plenty of organic meals cooked with locally-grown ingredients made by Guidance employees themselves.

Guidance Green's Earth Day Potluck Guidance Green's Earth Day Potluck

The festivities were organized by members of the Guidance Green committee, who took the opportunity to announce the company’s new Coffee Grounds Recycling Program. Guidance will be saving all used consumption coffee grounds to reuse in the garden and as deodorizer. Check out our blog soon for more tips on how to reuse coffee grounds.

Guidance Green's Coffee Grounds Recycling Program Guidance Green's Coffee Grounds Recycling Program

In addition, Guidance Green members Catherine and Debbie created a number of handmade crafts using recycled materials that they displayed during the festivities.

Crafts made with recycled materials Crafts made with recycled materials Crafts made with recycled materials

We had a blast on Earth Day. Can we top it next year? We'll sure try!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Last Saturday, while members of the Guidance Green committee helped rescue the Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly habitat, the City of Manhattan Beach, Calif. was celebrating Earth Day with their annual Earth Day Fair at Polliwog Park. I stopped by the fair in the afternoon and boy, was I happy to see so many people attending the event this year!

I was also glad to talk to a couple of people who remembered last year's Guidance Green booth at this event -- they even recalled the booth's exact location (WOW!). It's good to know we had a lasting effect!

Go Earth
Heal The Bay
Tree Musketeers
Morrissey/The Smiths Tribute Band

Some familiar faces were at the event this year, including the Go Earth team, the folks from Tree Musketeers and reps from Heal The Bay, among others.

The entertainment? A Morrissey/The Smiths tribute band -- and they were phenomenal! Couldn't tell the difference.

It's great to see our community being so active about such an important message. Now's your turn -- what are you doing to celebrate Earth Day this year? Whatever you do, make it a great Earth Day!

Alejandra Espinosa
Guidance Green

Friday, April 10, 2009

Guidance Green Celebrates Earth Day

Guidance Green is celebrating
Earth Day
Wednesday, April 22nd
With a Potluck Lunch
There will be Activities Too!
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.