By now you probably know that our team here at Novva is extraordinarily dedicated and invested in sustainability. From the proprietary water-free cooling present in our various facilities to our own CEO Wes Swenson’s contribution to Greener Data and the meticulous environmentally friendly design aspects baked into the planning process for all of our data centers, we are constantly working toward ensuring our operations are sustainable, and our impact on the environment is positive.
With many gearing up for Earth Day celebrations and initiatives, we wanted to explore ways not only to pay homage to Mother Earth in April, but pinpoint other occasions to celebrate sustainability year-round. That’s why we’ve compiled some of our top picks for sustainability holidays you should keep an eye on throughout the year.
Earth Day – April 22, 2023
Probably the most iconic and well-known of all environmentally focused holidays, Earth Day is certainly at the top of every list when it comes to honoring our planet. Observed April 22, the Earth Day mission “is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide” and encourages others to invest in our planet through education, donations, environmental cleanups, and more. Earth Day falls within the wider Earth Month, which provides an opportunity throughout the entire month of April to raise environmental awareness and reflect on the most pressing issues affecting the planet.
World Ocean Day – June 8, 2023
With the ocean accounting for more than 70% of the earth’s mass, it’s safe to say these vital bodies of water are a significant component of life around the globe. In partnering with zoos, aquariums, youth organizations, and more, World Ocean Day strives to rally around ocean and climate action throughout the year to protect and restore the ocean. While June marks the official holiday, events and action are encouraged to be taken year-round.
World Water Week – August 20-24, 2023
Have we mentioned that water is important? Here at Novva, water conservation is particularly important as we strive to change our industry’s long-time reliance on the natural resource and opt for less wasteful alternatives.,That’s why we’ve included World Water Week on this list. Celebrated in August, World Water Week has been held every year since 1991 and currently stands as the “leading conference on global water issues.” If you’re looking to get involved, this year’s theme is Seeds of Change: Innovative Solutions For a Water-Wise World.
Zero Emissions Day – September 21, 2023
Potentially one of the few positives to come out of the COVID lockdown in 2020, Zero Emissions Day aims to raise awareness of the impact that our daily lives can have on the environment, including emissions from electricity, agriculture, transportation, and more. The drop in emissions – and as a result, air pollution – that was seen during the COVID lockdown serves as an unofficial case study into how changes to our daily lives and habits can ultimately have a positive impact on emissions, not just on Zero Emissions Day, but every day.
International Polar Bear Day – February 27, 2024
It’s safe to say much of the world has seen the now infamous starving polar bear photograph from 2015 that sparked a growing debate around climate change. Polar Bears have now become an unofficial mascot to address climate change, which is why it makes sense that there is a day dedicated to honoring them. Much like other sustainability-focused holidays, Polar Bear Day looks to educate the public about ways to have a positive impact on both our environment and, as a result, the longevity of this endangered species.
While these are our top 5 picks, they certainly aren’t the only sustainability holidays out there. In fact, there are myriads of organizations and celebrations alike with the goal of saving our planet through education and action. Some of the most impactful ways to affect change can be found in your daily routines and life. Working exclusively with like-minded vendors and partners, prioritizing lower-transmission transportation in your daily commute, and making small changes in your own home are just some of the ways to bridge the gap and celebrate the earth between sustainability holidays.
For more ways to celebrate the environment throughout the year, browse this comprehensive list of 65 green holidays.