Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Seed The Future

As some of you knew before, and all of you know now, I work for the federal government. My job, with the General Services Administration, entails acquiring space for client federal agencies to house their employees as well as any special requirements their particular mission entails. As such, we realize that our carbon footprint is pretty massive, and do what we can to minimize it, through green building practices as well as other projects. Yesterday we received a card redeemable for a tree being planted through a reforestation project somewhere in the world. I believe in fixing my own backyard first, so I elected to have a tree planted here in the United States through our Seed The Future initiative.

All Seed The Future projects support Trees for the Future, a non profit that supports agroforestry resource centers around the globe. The resource centers are helping people in developing countries improve their rural livelihoods through the introduction of environmentally sustainable land management projects focused on beneficial tree planting.

Most communities around the world recognize that they need to plant trees on their degraded lands if they are to improve their lives. By providing technical knowledge on agroforestry and sustainable development, along with planting materials, communities can return their degraded lands to the sustainable production farms they once were.

Beneficial trees minimize soil erosion, supply forage for animals and provide a source of fuelwood, but planting trees is difficult when the topsoil has been eroded, and the climate and growing conditions have changed. Through a network of technicians, volunteers and community leaders world-wide, the program reaches remote areas and gives local people the knowledge and ability to rehabilitate their environment.

Since 1988, thousands of communities in around the world have been able to improve their livelihoods and their environment by planting nearly 50 million trees. We calculate that these trees remove approximately one million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year.

As a human being, father, and as a trail runner, I really believe in the importance of clean air for all of us in general, for my children, and for my efforts training outside. I'm proud to be a part of this effort.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day this year
or reduce your carbon footprint in general?


  1. You're helping build the future for your children and you're setting an amazing example! This is awesome, Kovas.

  2. I will be checking into the tree project.
    I've been cleaning up my life with the Earth in mind lately. There are so many little things we can all do that multiplied could make a big difference.
    Thank you for this great post.

  3. Cool! Trees are good. I've been greener lately by not buying stuff and trying to teach my son the same. It's appaling how much crap we throw away.

  4. Cool! Trees are good. I've been greener lately by not buying stuff and trying to teach my son the same. It's appaling how much crap we throw away.

  5. That sounds like a great project! I try to be "green" year round so Earth Day isn't anything really special. Although the last couple years the kids and I donned rubber gloves and took some garbage bags and the wagon and went around the neighborhood picking up garbage on Earth Day. Gotta set a good example for community service :)

  6. I think it is great you feds have a projects like that going on. I am considering cycling to work, but 26 miles is a long way and then I still ahve training to do when I get home.

  7. Good one Kovas! I'm all for trees and greener everything. We really need this for the future.

  8. Great project, and glad you took an action.

    Today I ran in my neighborhood instead of driving to the gym. I also decided to skip a networking lunch and work from the coffee shop down the street so I drove for 1 minute and don't plan on going anywhere today.

    No driving = less emissions.

  9. well check you out !!! Awesome

  10. Very cool.

    My family of 5 recycles far more than we throw away, but we still use way too much stuff. Like Luke, I'd love to be able to ride my bike to work, but I have a similar commute. I AM going to ride it on ride your bike to work day this year. I missed out last year because my hand was in a cast. We do grow many of our own summer vegetables.

  11. That is so awesome!!
    We're trying to reduce our Carbon footprint by buying local fruits/veggies, recycling whatever we can, and just being more aware of the amount of waste we have in general!

  12. Trees are a big topic of conversation at my house these days, we're going to plant a whole bunch in our back yard to replace the ones we needed to take out in the next few months.

    I'm not saying I am an environmental superstar or anything, but I've made small changes over the years that I hope add up - hybrid car, recycling above and beyond the city curbside program, donation of household items no longer used (instead of disposal), farmers markets.

    I'm sure I'm preaching to the converted and/or still falling short in terms of your readers, but I'm sure that there are plenty who don't even do any of the above on a regular basis.

  13. In addition to the usual recycling efforts, we tend to use things way beyond the point when others would have thrown them out. We also walk or ride to work, the gym, and the store about a quarter of the time, more often in winter when the roads are a mess. Works well to get in some of the base training exercise also :)

  14. What we do for the earth is we move a lot. We buy a house, put in tons of trees, bushes with drip lines and a big vegetable garden then my husband decides to move and we do it all again, and again and again. :) Just teasing. Actually we have donated to projects like these and they send us a bumper sticker that says we have "offset" our carbon foot print or something like that. But we don't put it on our car because I think that would look a bit off on our Big SUV. If I could figure out how to bike places with four kids on my bike maybe I should try that. Good for you and what you do to help.

  15. What a great way to help restore the earth we've been trashing for so many years. I've been trying for years to reduce my personal carbon footprint. Very hard to do here where public transportation stinks and nothing is close.

  16. What most people don't realize that that most paper companies in the U.S. practice responsible forestry management. For every tree that is harvested, a new one is planted. And, younger tress sequester more carbon out of the environment than older trees.

    The act of printing does not kill trees as most people think. In fact, compared to computers, iphones, and other electronics the use of paper is far more environmentally friendly.

    So, I will endeavor to sell more paper.

  17. that is a very cool example.... a good one I can put forward to our municipal govt. where I work

  18. Way to be green kovas. (my phone always wants to make that kolas) Pretty cool for real.

    In general I try to conserve water/electricity/gas whenever I can. It really annoys me when people act like it's no big deal to leave water running while brushing teeth because "water is so cheap". Sure it's a cheap bill but it's not a never-ending resource. I just don't understand why people are lazy/inconsiderate about watching their consumption. When did wastefulness become the "norm"?

  19. This is great Kovas!! I didn't ralize you worked for the fed gov't and for sucha fantastic cause.

    I recycle and reuse my heart out, but know I can do more each day to save Mother Earth.

  20. Awesome example, young man! I'm trying to figure out how to compost with the plethora of bears that we have in our area...


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