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Chicago Green Week

October 7, 2019
9:00 AM

The “Green Week” at our Chicago office was an action-packed week full of activities and speakers to help our colleagues become more sustainable at the office and at home.

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“One of the most frequent questions I am asked is “what is sustainability anyway?””, says Kimberly Peterson, Director of Environment & Sustainability of the K+S Operating Unit Americas. Comments that she often hears are things such as “sustainability is too vague” and “Sustainability costs so much money” or “I don’t understand what sustainability means.” 

At the Chicago office of K+S we therefore established a Green Team. The Green Team set out to help all colleagues understand what sustainability means and how they can incorporate sustainability into their personal lives by sponsoring a “2019 Green Week.”

The Green Week took place the first week of October and was an action-packed week full of activities and speakers to help our colleagues become more sustainable at the office and at home. 

We hosted guests from Waste Management and the Morton Arboretum's Chicago Trees Initiative and organized hands-on interactive activities like plogging (jogging + picking up trash), a DIY workshop for cleaning products with natural ingredients (i.e. vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and olive oil). A large group of our employees even got to venture over to Plant Chicago, where we learned all about its mission to cultivate local circular economies. We even had the opportunity to engineer our own "aquaponics" systems! Don’t know what an aquaponics system is? Neither did we. If you would like to find out more information about hydroponics go to: https://www.urbanvine.co/blog/how-do-hydroponics-work

The activities of Green Week demonstrated what sustainability is in a hands-on, interactive way. Sustainability in the simplest terms means taking action now to ensure the natural beauty of our world is preserved for future generations to enjoy. 
Kimberly Peterson, Director of Environment & Sustainability of the K+S Operating Unit Americas

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