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.
EA continues to support Water For People’s efforts to provide access to safe water and adequate sanitation in developing countries.
Each year, our team plans a year-long campaign to raise awareness and funds through its Workplace Giving Program. EA’s Water For People Steering Committee and office “champions” plan a series of fundraising events (e.g., prize drawings, breakfast socials, and office cookouts) to engage our employees and continue to build on the company’s financial commitment to, and partnership with, Water For People.
In March, EA volunteers attended the Engineering Our World STEM Day held by the Air Force Academy and Society of American Military Engineers. Our team provided students with hands-on activities related to STEM.
EA’s Dallas office collected 127 lbs. of food for the North Texas Food Bank. These donations will go to local food pantries and families in need during this holiday season. EA’s team works hard to help the communities around us and loves seeing the change we can make.
Every year, EA’s Hunt Valley office participates in The Children’s Home 2022 Holiday Giving Program. This year, employees donated gift cards, clothes, shoes, art supplies, and a laptop. As part of our Public Benefit Corporation framework and Corporate Social Responsibility program, EA takes pride in supporting our communities and those helping those in need.
In November EA’s Virginia Beach office participated in the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) Thankful November Food Drive. This food drive supports the food bank of southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Overall VWEA collected 282 pounds for the food bank.
EA Professionals volunteered at the Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB) Trinity Trash Bash last month. They were able to support local Girl Scout Troops 2960 and 4910, and brought back two large pickup-loads of construction debris, thereby helping protect Texas waterways. EA staff also carried 11 tires to the local facility for recycling instead of being landfilled. At the event, our team was provided our team with Ebby Halliday and Maurice Acers Business/Industry Award, which had been announced during the Keep Texas Beautiful Conference back in July.
EA volunteers participated at the Central Landfill Tree Planting Event. They planted a mix of 52 Sycamore, Pin Oak, and Sweet Gum trees within a wetland mitigation area.
In October EA had a team of 6 attend the Roger Williams Park Tree planting in Providence, RI. In celebration of Roger Williams Park’s 150th-anniversary volunteers cleared out holes and then planted and mulched 12 native trees.
EA team members volunteered for an annual volunteer day at Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay off Annapolis, MD. Our team spent the day helping to restore the lighthouse, which is a National Historic Landmark. The crew worked on items including painting and cleaning up debris. As a leader in the environmental field, our employees regularly participate in neighborhood and watershed cleanup projects and various youth outreach and mentorship programs focused on materials recycling, waste minimization, energy savings, and related environmental and sustainability topics.
EA's Volunteers from our Hawaii office volunteered for the Hug an Angel Project. They spent the day packaging children’s clothing, toys, blankets, shoes, books, and more. These packages are then sent to many organizations in need of them. By recycling/donating these materials also helps our environment by keeping them from entering our landfills.
EA's team of 8 volunteered at the Maryland zoo Garden Project. They were asked to help clean up the area by pulling weeds, raking leaves, and mulching throughout the area. They also dug grass from overgrown garden beds which created additional gardening space. This program helps feed the zoo animals and compost any leftover food and waste. The zoo staff is always very appreciative when EA comes to help.
For World Turtle Day, EA volunteers joined Sea Life Park Hawaii employees for a beach cleanup & Honu release in Waimanalo Beach. The group spent the day cleaning up the beach and, after receiving a Kahuna prayer offering, released 2 Honu (turtles) into the ocean.
Our Lincoln office participated in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Day at The Lake. This newly established event was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Aquatic Habitat Program in Nebraska and the recently renovated Conestoga State Recreation Area. The EA table offered fun activities for families.
EA scientist from our Anchorage office volunteered for Anchor Gardens in Chugiak. She spent a couple of hours planting the community garden at the Chugiak Senior Center. They used the lasagna-bed method to plant on top of active compost piles. Over time worms and microorganisms will break down the composted materials and turn them into rich, nutrient-dense soil, and the heat they produce helps the veggies grow in the cool Alaskan summer. Ellen continues to help weekly to keep the community gardens in order and has already harvested an arm-load of radishes for the senior center salad bar!
EA participated in the Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival in Grand Island. Our team consisted of 4 volunteers. Hosted by the Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD), EA’s team held sessions that took participants through “The Incredible Journey,” which follows the life of a raindrop as it passes through the hydrologic cycle.
6 Volunteers from our Lincoln office recently completed the Spring edition of our Adopt-a-Stream program after rain caused the event to be rescheduled. The crew of 7 efficiently make their way through the assigned section of Salt Creek and collected about 10 bags of trash.
EA Team joined other industry professionals volunteering to spruce up the area around the Eastern Avenue Pumping Station in Baltimore. The location is the site for The Public Works Experience, a planned STEM-focused interactive educational facility. EA is a sponsor for the organization's event this Saturday to celebrate public works week. A capital fundraising campaign is ongoing to kick off schematic design.
In support of the EA Syracuse office annual Earth Day cleanup, a crew of 13 volunteered for the OCRRA (Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency) Earth Day Litter Cleanup. This year the team focused on cleaning up the Inner Harbor Creek walk area in Syracuse.
As a part of Earth Day, the EA Team in Guam collected tires, old shoes, household trash, mattresses, a wheelchair, car parts, and a lot of plastic items at the Tinago Falls trailhead. After a morning of cleanup, the group hiked to Tinago Falls to enjoy the area and identify threatened and endangered species
Members of our Brighton, Michigan team volunteered together for a cleanup event organized by the Friends of the Detroit River. The crew collected trash from several islands, including tires, barricade fencing, and lots of broken glass.
In our Texas office, ten employees from our Lewisville, Tour team participated in the Earth Day Canal Cleanup. They collected 26 bags of debris and a shopping cart, which was a challenge to dig out but was then returned to its store owner nearby.
As a part of Earthday, a crew of more than 20 worked together to clean the shoreline at Inverness Park, in Baltimore County. EA had previously developed plans and overseen the construction of a shoreline enhancement project at the site. Improvements included the enhancement of a portion of the existing 100-ft critical area buffer and planting plans for the low marsh and high marsh creation. In addition to stabilizing the shoreline, the project provided nutrient and sediment load reductions to the nearby waterway and the Chesapeake Bay. As part of our Earth Day events companywide, EA staff collected more than 40 bags of trash.
Our team in our Warwick, Rhode Island office volunteered to plant vegetation at the Great Meadows Marsh Restoration Project in the Steward B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Stratford Connecticut. The event was organized by the Connecticut Audubon Society. Vegetation (Spartina alterniflora and Spartina patens) was planted to restore the salt marsh habitat and improve coastal resilience. Separately, EA prepared designs and completed permitting for the project and has been working with Audubon CT on construction monitoring.
In Oswego New York EA’s team noticed trash buildup in the areas where they were working. Over three days, they collected litter at each of more than 80 monitoring sites. Making an impact starts at the individual level. Our team have incorporated their personal commitments to sustainability into their day-to-day work, including organization of annual lakeshore cleanups with Exelon. These efforts are a great example of EA’s commitment to sustainability and our employee's commitment to their communities as part of our public benefit corporation framework.
Approximately 75 girls attended “Day with an Engineer,” sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers Buffalo post in coordination with the Girl Scouts of Western New York. Attendees rotated through 12 tables, each sponsored by a different organization. Each station featured an engineering activity or demonstration. EA’s table focused on groundwater and offered the opportunity to collect a groundwater sample from a “real” well.
Last month, members of our Dallas team joined 275+ volunteers at the 2021 Keep Lewisville Beautiful Trinity Trash Bash Cleanup Challenge. EA’ers collected 34 bags of trash and donated money from recycled metal toward their ongoing Toys for Toys drive. Part of their work involved preparing cleanup kits for volunteers to use. The team was later recognized for the most trash picked up by a large adult group.
Our team in Dallas supported a food drive to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. They collected 399 pounds of food, enough to make more than 330 meals.
Throughout the month of October, EA’s Dallas office used their Paid Volunteer Time to improve their communities. Several events were coordinated with Keep Lewisville Beautiful and the City of Lewisville including the planting of 755 pollinator plants at Trinity Fork Park early in the month and 9 Red Bud trees along the Garden Ridge Trails last week. The team also mulched, drove the T-posts, and attached the stabilizing cords to each tree. Plastic planter pots from the pollinators were transported to Hartwell’s Nursery for beneficial reuse.
The EA Syracuse team raised over $1,700 for Water For People while attempting the Saranac Lake 6er Challenge. Despite challenging weather conditions, Team EA still managed 23.5 miles and more than 6,600 vertical feet, taking 4 of the peaks around Saranac Lake.
A team of 8 recently spent the day at the historic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, off Annapolis in the Chesapeake Bay. After a short boat ride, volunteers assisted with hands-on restoration activities. The annual EA volunteer day is organized to help the U.S. Lighthouse Society keep this National Historic Landmark in tip-top shape for visitors as well as continuing to be a working beacon to mariners. Recent EA support for the lighthouse included a climate resiliency assessment completed in 2020.
Volunteers from our Lincoln, Nebraska office recently spent an afternoon cleaning up a 0.5-mile stretch of Salt Creek. The office “adopted” the area in 2017 as part of the City of Lincoln’s Adopt-a-Stream Program and organizes volunteer cleanups twice a year. The area receives a lot of pedestrian traffic due to its location near major venues like Haymarket Park and Pinnacle Bank Arena, and Peoples City Mission homeless shelter. The pedestrian traffic unfortunately means the area is heavily polluted with trash. This recent cleanup removed approximately 15 bags of trash, including a “blanket” creatively woven from plastic bags.
It was a beautiful September morning for the first “Engineering in the Outdoors” event sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Buffalo Post in coordination with the Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve. The day was centered around hands-on engineering and science-based activities facilitated by SAME Buffalo Post members and community volunteers. EA hosted a table on groundwater, including a groundwater aquifer model donated by SUNY ESF Engineer demonstrating groundwater transport, contaminant migration, and the influence of wells and subsurface geology. Following the model demonstration, EA introduced attendees to a “real” well where they had the chance to collect a groundwater sample.
EA's Warwick office is working with the Rhode Island Chapter of Trout Unlimited (RITU) to identify and assess habitat of cold-water fisheries within the Big River Management Area (BRMA). EA volunteers, in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, assisted RITU with electrofishing surveys to locate and quantify brook trout populations within BRMA streams. Survey data, along with over 35 temperature loggers, will help RITU preserve, protect, and enhance brook trout habitat within the BRMA.
EA professionals in Oswego, New York recently completed their 4th Annual Lakeshore Cleanup Day near Exelon’s Nine Mile Point and James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plants. EA and members of Exelon’s environmental staff spent the day removing multiple bags of trash in both public and private areas around the power plants.