Green Teams gather to support Earth Day through volunteer efforts

By Krista Van Tassel
May 27th, 2014

Each April, Wells Fargo promotes volunteerism in support of Earth Day and National Volunteer Week. Green Teams throughout the company organize community and volunteer events to showcase environmental ideas to their colleagues, support local nonprofits and inspire others to get involved in Wells Fargo’s environmental stewardship efforts. This year we are highlighting a number of great events from across the United States. Learn more about how our Green Teams are helping local communities and view photos from the teams’ work.

Green Team South Florida (based in Miami)
In honor of Earth Day, the South Florida Green Team organized about 10 team member volunteers and family to join them at the Baynanza Biscayne Bay Cleanup. On Saturday, April 26 from 9am-noon, thousands of volunteers gathered at multiple sites along the coastlines of Biscayne Bay throughout to clean up discarded trash. The Wells Fargo Green Team met at Pelican Harbor Marina on the Causeway and travelled by boat to one of the islands in the bay to clean up. Baynanza is a celebration of Biscayne Bay and its significance as one of our most important ecological systems in Florida.

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Green Team Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Wells Fargo’s Winston-Salem Green Team recently hosted its first Earth Day mini-fair at three company sites: the Wells Fargo Center, One West Fourth and West End Center. The event featured elaborate displays showing how our everyday activities affect air quality, natural resources and energy consumption and the impact on the environment. Information and tips on how to change for the good of the Earth were also provided.

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Green Team Greenville, Delaware
The local team celebrated Earth Day with the 1st and 5th graders of Richardson Park Learning Center. Volunteers shared information on Earth Day and its importance and helped students plant flowers and a tree, around the focal points in front of the pavilion. Most of the students live in the area and play in the park, so they will have something to show their families when they visit.

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Green Team Nevada (based in Las Vegas)
The Wells Fargo Green Team teamed up with local volunteers and The Nature Conservancy to help clean up Clark County Wetlands. Dozens of team members and their families spent more than three hours clearing out old vegetation and picking up trash to make the park ready for visitors. While at the park, our volunteer team learned that the water that comes from the infamous Las Vegas strip and surrounding neighborhoods goes to the wetland park for cleaning before it goes to Lake Mead.

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Green Team Philadelphia/Delaware/New Jersey
Volunteers worked with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to help nurture young trees along a Philadelphia walking trail. Volunteers help to mulch local trees, as well as remove dead limbs and weeds to help the trees remain and grow healthy.

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Green Team Minnesota (based in Minneapolis)
The Minnesota Green Team hosted an eco-fair at the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Campus. The Eco Fair allowed team members to stop in during their lunch to learn more about LEED attributes at their current location, composting programs on campus, “greener” commute options like carpooling, local transit and bike to work booths, and many local nonprofits for future volunteer opportunities.

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Green Team Atlanta, Georgia
Runners, nature lovers, and gardeners have a new park to call home in Atlanta. Until recently, the strip of land by Hardee Creek in Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood was a dumping ground for construction and landscape waste. The area, which was an 1864 Civil War battle site, was overrun by invasive plants, concrete, rubble, and dead trees. Through the work of a dedicated community, a local nonprofit, and Wells Fargo, the grounds have been transformed.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on what is happening in your local community to help support Earth Day and Earth Month. Use the comments box below to share your information.

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Krista Van Tassel

Krista Van Tassel

As Community and Team Member Engagement manager for Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs Team, Krista supports the company’s 70+ Green Teams, recognizing and promoting environmental innovator best practices, and engaging and educating team members about their role in helping the company’s sustainability efforts. She also manages Wells Fargo’s Environmental Solutions for Communities’ $3 million annual nonprofit grant program focused on helping make long-term sustainable economic investments in local communities where its customers and 264,000 team members work and live. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2009, Krista worked in a variety of sustainability and marketing positions in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Krista earned her MBA in International Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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