FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Earth Day Efforts in Ridgefield
Press Contact Information:
Kay Kammer, Director of Finance & Administration/City Clerk
Ridgefield, WA, April 23, 2009 – In the second annual event, employee's from United Natural Food, Inc. (UNFI) in Ridgefield spent a few hours on April 22, 2009 volunteering to clean up roadways and pick up garbage in support of Earth Day.
The twenty participating Ridgefield employees cleaned various areas including Union Ridge Parkway, the Park and Ride lot and then continuing along Pioneer Street from the I-5 Interchange through the round-about at 45th Avenue. The volunteers picked up thirty six bags of trash in approximately two hours.
UNFI is the leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products including nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic produce, in the United States.
The vision statement of UNFI for their communities is "To be an outstanding partner in the communities where we work, supporting them economically, and making meaningful contributions to the quality of life" and their vision to the environment and the planet is "To use our strengths to support socially responsible initiatives that protect the environment and foster stewardship of the land".
Steve Wall, Public Works Director for the City of Ridgefield commented that, "UNFI fulfilled both their vision for the community and the environment with their support of Earth Day and the work they completed for our City. Their efforts are another example of the support the City is fortunate to receive from volunteers to enhance the quality of life for our residents and the public".
"Earth Day" was founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson as a nationwide environmental protest. Rallies were organized from coast to coast and events continue today with trash collections, festivals, organic farmer's markets, recycle stations and educational presentations.
Earth Day 2009, marked the beginning of The Green Generation Campaign(TM) which will also be the focus of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. The Green Generation TM's core principles are:
The City of Ridgefield, incorporated in 1909, is a rapidly growing community located in northern Clark County, Washington approximately 10 miles north of Vancouver, Washington. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the City of Ridgefield expects to grow to a population of over 20,000 persons with an employment base of over 13,000 jobs. The City has adopted a Council-City Manager form of government. The City Manager acts as the chief executive officer of the City overseeing daily operations, annual budget development and implementation, and personnel. The City Manager works with a management team composed of the Director of Finance and Administration, the Community Development Director, the Public Works Director and the Police Chief to insure that community services are provided and that the policy directives of the City Council are carried out in the most efficient manner possible.