I believe in corporate social responsibility, and I think we have responsibilities that extend beyond our core mission of caring for the people in the communities we are in. - Eric Worthan, CEO of Panorama Orthopedics.
Golden, CO (PRWEB) April 17, 2010
Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center in Golden is pairing up with the City of Westminster to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day April 17. As part of its companywide green initiative, launched last year, Panorama is donating 300 seedlings to the event to help offset its carbon footprint.
“I believe in corporate social responsibility, and I think we have responsibilities that extend beyond our core mission of caring for the people in the communities we are in,” said Eric Worthan, CEO of Panorama Orthopedics. “In this case, the environment is a natural extension of our mission. It’s something that I care about.”
Panorama estimated its carbon footprint using several online calculators, which factor in such things as electricity and natural gas usage, miles driven by company vehicles, hours employees spend flying and the distance freight is shipped.
Calculating carbon footprints is not easy, but Panorama estimates its carbon dioxide emissions are about 1,300 metric tons a year. Planting trees is one of several ways to counterbalance your negative environmental impact, or carbon footprint, on the world.
“The reason we calculated it is that I wanted to say, ‘This is what we create. Let’s find a solution,’” Worthan said. Out of that effort, Panorama created a Green Committee, whose first project was to implement a companywide recycling program, which is now in place. The committee has also organized clean up days and sends out weekly tips on how to be more green.
“The Green Committee has been great in terms of raising awareness and providing education,” Worthan said. “I think it’s just the start for us. I’m not sure where the future will lead us.”
The trees will be given away as part of the City of Westminster’s Arbor Day and Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to noon at the City Park Recreation Center, 10455 Sheridan Blvd.
Trees are important because they absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, but also provide cooling shade for buildings, which saves on energy, said Rob Davis, a forester for the City of Westminster. He said Panorama’s donation to the celebration is especially helpful this year, considering the fiscal challenges cities are facing. It is the first year a business has offered to sponsor the tree giveaway.
“Supporting a tree planting program, is a great way for businesses to improve the environment,” Davis said. “Long term, it’s a really big benefit to the community to have hundreds of trees planted in one day, and the fact that Panorama is willing to sponsor it gives me a lot of hope that this type of program will have other avenues of support.”
Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center, PC has three locations in the Denver Metro area. The Golden office houses an ambulatory surgery center, physical therapy and an MRI imaging center to provide full service coverage of orthopedic needs. The clinic treats a full spectrum of patients with orthopedic problems and includes specialists in sports medicine, joint replacement, spine, trauma, hand, and foot and ankle. For more information, please visit the clinic’s website at http://www.panoramaortho.com.