TAN Eco Team Collects 150 Pounds of Coins
"The response was overwhelming," Negrete says. The two office buildings that comprise TAN's headquarters competed head-to-head to see which building could balance their pennies with their competitor's silver coin and dollar contributions. In the end, Negrete carted more than 150 pounds of coins to the bank for counting. "People really did step up for the penny wars," Negrete says.
"I think the penny wars created a lot of good old-fashioned fun," Eco Team chairwoman
"Dan found a creative way to support a terrific cause," says TAN President
Formed in 2006, the Eco Team doesn't stick to ordinary recycling projects. Arneson says they once collected 100 pairs of sneakers to donate to Nike, Inc. for use in recycled playing surfaces like outdoor basketball courts. The team also distributed fluorescent bulbs and reusable grocery bags to its employees on
The team's daily efforts include lunch-room recycling bins, reminders to turn off lights and the use of paper pads recycled from old company request forms.
In the future, Arneson says TAN hopes to start a sponsor-a-highway project, enact green policies within the company's numerous properties and disseminate community green opportunities to employees.
The Eco Team's most recent fund-raising effort collected enough to purchase 60 trees for CBF. Negrete says he initially established a goal of
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