Deloitte Impact Day

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Deloitte was interested in an Impact Day project that aligned with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability vision and commitment. I designed collaboration between Deloitte, local government, and a community-based nonprofit .

What was the Impact challenge?

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation. By thinking globally and acting locally, we can make an impact in our local communities while being mindful of environmental stewardship on Earth.

The Earth Conservation Conservation Corps, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit, aims to restore the polluted Anacostia River and promote environmental education. In order to fulfill its mission and realize its goals, it needs funding and volunteers to make a sustainable impact on the environmental and local communities.

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Background, history, and issue importance

The Anacostia River is an approximately 8.7 mile long river in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States that flows from Prince George’s County, Maryland into Washington, DC. It has suffered from years of neglect and pollution. Pollutants include pathogens, organics, metals, pesticides, sediments and nutrient that pose a threat to wildlife.

In 2018, the Mayor of Washington, DC issued a proclamation declaring this annum as the year of the Anacostia. The United States Environmental Protection Agency requires that states calculate the maximum amount of a pollutant that its water bodies can receive and still meet water quality standards. 

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How did we come together? Project Phases

This preliminary phase of this project entailed meeting and speaking with the Deloitte team to discuss funding priorities/employee volunteer capacity, reading past corporate social responsibility reports, visiting the Earth Conservation Corps site and Anacostia to see and discuss the project scope, getting signed release forms/waivers, and more.

The implementation phase entailed providing Deloitte employees with an an environmental education (Anacostia River) seminar, providing them with protective equipment (waiters, gloves, and boots) for the clean up, explaining the roles and scope of work; then, commencing to clean up the Anacostia River.

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What was the end result?

Through multi-stakeholder collaboration between Deloitte, local government, and a community-based nonprofit working to restore the Anacostia River, we are helping prepare a new generation of leaders to tackle the environmental challenges ahead and get involved in communities where they live and work.

The Earth Conservation Corps received funds to buy more equipment do Anacostia River clean ups and help carry out its environmental protection mission through reducing pollution. Since its founding in 1989, has encouraged more than 24,000 city youth and adults to become environmental educators and leaders.

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