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The original Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, after seven years of promotion from senate representatives and other government officials. Although its inception originated from Washington, its success came from grassroot demonstrations on college campuses across the country. In fact, that first year rallied 20 million demonstrators and thousands of schools and local communitices in support of environmental awareness.
In 1970, the purpose of Earth Day was to make the environment top-of-mind and bring to light the damage our growing population was doing to the Earth. Today, the purpose of Earth Day has changed a bit. Although it is still a time to reflect on how we can improve, Earth Day has become more than just one day. Enviornmental practices are being implemented throughout the year and April 22nd has become a day of recognition and celebration.
The jan/san industry, for example, has made many strides to reduces its impact on the environment on a daily basis. The implementation and promotion of more environmentally sound chemicals, energy-effecient equipment, recycled paper and microfiber have aided in the support of environmental initiatives. In addition to products, greening cleaning processes and procedures have contributed to sustainabile goals and the overall facility vision.
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