Earth Day 2016Looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day? Join us in going paperless, and then think about planting some trees!

Earth Day is on April 22, and Family Horizons will be celebrating the entire week in all of our branch locations. This year’s Earth Day theme is Trees for the Earth, and over the next five years, organizers are hoping to achieve the ambitious goal of planting 7.9 billion trees. Family Horizons is excited to jump on board and do our part in any way we can.

That’s why, for starters, some of our earth-friendly goals include encouraging customers to:

  • Sign up for paperless billing (Bill Pay)
  • Sign up for e-statements
  • Get an e-receipt
  • Conduct most banking transactions online

According to the Daily Green, it is estimated that the average household can save 24-square feet of forest – about two trees, left to grow for 10 years – in the first year of using paperless billing. Not sure how to sign up for our electronic services? Contact one of our branches, and we’ll be happy to help you every step of the way.

There are plenty of other ways you can celebrate Earth Day and get involved in this year’s initiative, including:

  • Join Earth Day Network in its effort to plant more trees. Organize a team to plant trees in your neighborhood or donate to The Canopy Project.
  • Urge your local elected officials to make a substantial tree planting commitment by starting a letter-writing campaign or online petition.
  • Urge businesses to make a substantial tree planting commitment by starting a letter-writing campaign or online petition.
  • Lead a recycling drive to collect as much plastic, metal, and glass as possible.
  • Pick up trash at a local park or lake.
  • Invite an expert, such as a professor or a forester, to educate your community about climate change, the importance of trees, and about how to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Set up a screening of an environmentally-themed movie. Consider supplementing the screening with a speaker who can lead a Q&A following the film.
  • Create an eco-fair with local green businesses and environmental organizations. Not only will this inform the public of ways they can get involved, but it’s also a fun way to promote local businesses and bring your community together.

In addition, there are plenty of things you can do to help reduce waste and create a healthier planet. For instance, you can buy local produce, reduce your junk mail or stop using disposable plastic. Take a look at some awesome ideas on the official Earth Day website. And feel free to stop by any of our branch locations throughout the week to join in on our campaign to go paperless! Happy Earth Day!