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Earth Day Photo Contest Winner

Throughout the month of April, the Centennial Way committee invited each team to host an outdoor event or activity as a reminder of our commitment to the planet. Every location submitted a photo of their activity for a chance to win a $100 gift card to put toward a team lunch.

The entries were judged by Julie Jones based on their creativity, environmental impact and potential for employee engagement.

The photo entries may be viewed here.

Winner: MainPlace Mall (For environmental impact)
In honor of Earth Day, MainPlace decided to permanently do away with bottled water in the office. They installed a new water filtration system and purchased new reusable cups for each team member. They already saved 744 plastic bottles in the first month!

Honorable Mention: Hawthorn Mall (For creative use of plastic bags)
The Hawthorn team collected over 3,000 plastic bags throughout the month of April which they donated to a local church to make into sleeping mats for the homeless.

Brazos Mall
The Brazos team visited their local Sea Center to learn about fish in the Texas Gulf and the Center’s efforts to help preserve the fish population.

Connecticut Post 
The Post team used leftover wagons from a visual merchandising project to make take-home planters. They then headed outside and collected 3 large piles of trash. The exercise generated ideas on how to provide more receptacles for mall employees and guests, as well as additional signage to encourage usage.

Corporate Office
The corporate team enjoyed an outdoor Happy Hour while potting and decorating their own mini succulents to bring back to the office.

Fox Valley Mall 
The Fox Valley team did some good ol’ dumpster diving! They collected aluminum cans and plastic bottles from the property and nearby animal shelter to use in a “Trash to Treasure” art piece as part of the Fox Valley 2.0 Project. Together they diverted 16 large bags of trash from the landfill.

Pueblo Mall
The Pueblo team focused on trash cleanup of the Pueblo Reservoir and trail heads. The Colorado Department of Wildlife provided trash bags and a drop-off area and the team spent five hours cleaning the trails and enjoying sandwiches and cold beer on a pontoon boat touring the reservoir. They collected a lot of trash and everyone had a wonderful time.

Vancouver Mall
The Vancouver team started what they hope will grow to be a mall-wide SEE Centennial Community Garden. This will be a place for staff to take a break and grab a renewable, healthy snack. They launched the garden by planting tomatoes, peppers, and herbs. Salsa is calling!