EA’s Community Support represents mission-aligned efforts dedicated to supporting the communities in which we live and work through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related initiatives, and environmental cleanups. These efforts range from team building events organized at individual EA offices to employees participating in volunteer and charitable engagements individually or in small groups.
Below are examples of our recent initiatives.
2019—EA employees generously volunteered their time and contributed gifts and monetary donations to benefit the residents of The Children’s Home (TCH) located in Catonsville, Maryland as they celebrated the holiday season. Exemplifying the holiday spirit, EA’s employees supported TCH’s Holiday Gift Program and helped fulfill the children’s holiday wishes. Employees supported the program directly through gift purchases, as well as through monetary contributions, which were used to purchase clothes, shoes, toys, and other items as well as provide gift cards to cover future needs.
2018—EA employees continue to generously contribute their time and energy to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education as well as workforce development for today’s green economy. Such volunteer support was clearly evident in March 2018 when EA’s Maryland-based employees hosted two events: a 1 day STEM learning experience for high school students and an interview workshop for graduates of Baltimore Center for Green Careers Brownfields training program.
For the 16th consecutive year, local high school students collaborated with EA professionals for a day and completed a simulated environmental project as part of Day with an Engineer. The students performed experiments in EA’s Ecotoxicology Laboratory, participated in equipment demonstrations, conducted research, and presented their solution to a panel for critique. More than 20 EA employees and 13 students participated in the event, which is annually sponsored by the Baltimore Post of the Society of American Military Engineers and held in conjunction with National Engineers Week.
In Lewisville, Texas, EA employees participated in the 32nd annual city-wide cleanup sponsored by Keep Lewisville Beautiful. Working alongside other volunteers, the EA crew picked up litter and contributed to making Lewisville cleaner, greener, and more beautiful.
EA’s Brighton, Michigan employees, joined by friends and family, volunteered for the Detroit River Cleanup, a large-scale cleanup along the shores of the Lower Detroit River, organized by Friends of the Detroit River. In addition to participating, EA-sponsored this event, which involves accessing the river’s many islands using small boats.
EA’s Lincoln, Nebraska office personnel completed its spring cleanup of 0.5 miles of Salt Creek under the City of Lincoln’s Adopt a Stream program. Under the program, EA’s Lincoln personnel will hold at least two stream cleanup events every year.
On Earth Day, EA’s Syracuse, New York office took part in a cleanup along the historic Erie Canal organized as part of the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency’s annual Earth Day Litter Cleanup. The EA group cleared just under a dozen garbage bags’ worth of trash from the trail.
EA’s Maryland offices also participated in multiple volunteer events in March and April. On Saint Patrick’s Day, personnel from EA’s Abingdon office took part in Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s 29th Annual Beach Grass Planting at Delaware Seashore State Park. The group planted over 400 Cape American beach grass plantings along the ocean beaches to help with stabilization of the Delaware Shoreline and sand dunes. In April, more than 30 volunteers from EA’s Hunt Valley office joined National Aquarium and Baltimore County staff during a wetland planting at Inverness Park in Dundalk, Maryland. The group, along with other volunteers, planted 14,000 plugs of wetland grasses across 2,700 feet of shoreline during the living shoreline planting. Finally, Hunt Valley personnel conducted a flora and fauna survey for Irvine Nature Center to develop a species list for a parcel of land recently acquired by the Center.
Several EA professionals from its Syracuse, New York office, competed in the 2018 Tough Mudder Western New York to raise funds and awareness for Water For People, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sustainable access to water and sanitation in developing countries.
EA’s employees were members of a team called the Salt City Scientists, which also included professionals from the Syracuse office of Anchor-QEA, and their family and friends. Team members underwent 6 months of rigorous training, which paid off, as the team successfully completed the 12-mile, 20-obstacle course on a hot August day. In addition to finishing the grueling course, the Salt City Scientists team raised more than $2,150 for Water For People. This marked the second consecutive year that personnel from EA’s Syracuse office have participated in this endurance race in support of Water For People.
EA’s Lincoln, Nebraska and Seattle, Washington offices participated in several community-based volunteerism efforts focused on improving access to and protecting the environment.
EA’s Lincoln office personnel participated in two events: Lincoln’s Adopt-a-Stream Program and Spring Creek Prairie Volunteer Day. As part of the City of Lincoln’s Adopt-a Stream Program, EA employees completed their annual clean-up along a 0.5-mile stretch of Salt Creek. The employees collected over 20 bags of trash in this urban location, which is located near the EA office. According to EA’s Robert Lutz, Jr., P.E., who participated in the effort, “This is a great way for us to help protect the surface water quality and enhance the beauty of this part of the community. It is important that we take an active role in assuring the well-being of Lincoln’s water resources.” For the Spring Creek Prairie Volunteer Day, EA employees assisted with removing invasive musk thistle at the local Audubon Center. Musk thistle, Carduus nutans, is an aggressive noxious weed that can overtake native species and damage natural forage across open range.