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.
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.