Earth Day 2013

Earth Day - April 22, 2013

On April 22, 2013, more than one billion people around the world will take part in the Earth Day celebrations. Here at Cagwin & Dorward, we strive to live by our environmental mission statement of becoming part of the solution by committing to preserve the beauty that surrounds us and to heal our planet for future generations.

Cagwin & Dorward’s Contribution:

For our Customers:

  • In 2013 we are transitioning to organic fertilizer for the majority of our customers:
    • This year, we will replace 82 tons of synthetic fertilizer with organic fertilizer
    • We will save approximately 2,706,000 cubic feet of natural gas by using organic fertilizer (it takes about 33,000 cubic feet of natural gas to produce 1 ton of synthetic fertilizer)
    • 2,706,000 cubic feet of natural gas is enough to power over 600 average California homes for a year.
  • We save our customers water.  Our California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) Certified Water Managers have:
    • Saved our customers over 30,700,000 gallons of water in a 12 month period by watering under budget. That is enough water to meet the needs of 90 families of four for one year!
    • Companywide, they have watered 49% below budget across numerous micro climates, varieties of plant material, and property types.

Internal Operations:

  • Significantly reduced our office energy and water use through employee education, and facility upgrades including low-flow toilets, CFL lighting, adding windows that open to our buildings.
  • Reduced our fuel use by transitioning managers into smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles, including 28 hybrids.
  • Reduced our resource use through business and cultural change.

Two Simple Things you can do in your Garden:

  • Water your garden in the early morning. Watering when it is cool means less water evaporates and more is available for the plants.
  • Thinking about spring plantings? Consider California Native Plants. Plants that grow naturally in your area have evolved to thrive in your micro climate and are naturally drought tolerant. They can also attract beneficial insects and create habitat for native birds, butterflies, honey bees and other wildlife.