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Earth Month recap: Tree plantings, educational events and more

Published: May 8, 2024

This year for Earth Month, Methodist Health System focused on the importance of waste reduction with the theme: “Reduce, Reuse and Then Recycle.” Sustainability Ambassador Leadership Teams (SALTs) organized great events and education around this theme throughout April. Thank you to all who participated in this year’s activities!

Here’s a quick recap:

  • Tree planting
    The tree planting event at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital

    Trees were planted at four locations: Methodist Hospital, Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Methodist Fremont Health and Nebraska Methodist College. Many employees attended and received wildflower seed packets and/or seedlings provided by the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District.

  • The college held special meatless menus at Deja Brew on Wednesdays throughout the month. Additionally, the college held a number of educational booths for students, staff and faculty to learn more about waste management.
  • People at Methodist Women’s Hospital were able to learn more about recycling, compost and native landscaping – and win some free giveaways.
  • We received amazing entries to the photo contest showcasing how people reduce their waste. The two winners of Fontenelle Forest memberships were Tami Bardon and Vicki Lyons. Congratulations and thank you to all who shared photos! 
  • And finally, Leigh Neary, owner of Exist Green, Omaha’s first zero-waste market, spoke about the importance of reuse and reducing waste. This event included a discussion around steps that people can take to reduce their waste. You can replay the webinar below.


Get involved with sustainability at Methodist!

Interested in learning more about Methodist’s sustainability efforts? Visit the sustainability page on the MHS intranet. To get involved in efforts to foster a culture of sustainability at Methodist sign up for the Sustainable Health Implementation Plan (SHIP) Ambassador program