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What Earth Day Means To Me

Sarah R. Anchors

Sarah Anchors is a Commercial Litigation Associate in our Phoenix Office.

I am the kind of person who tries to find a number to call when I see someone throw trash out the car window. When I stay in hotels, I recommend that they add recycling bins in the rooms. On a recent vacation to Tokyo, I was excited by all the many varied recycling bins. So I have been thrilled the past several years to serve on the board of Keep Phoenix Beautiful, the Phoenix affiliate of the anti-littering, pro-recycling non-profit Keep America Beautiful. When I started on the board in 2006, the organization was trying to find its mission and develop funding.

Now we have a signature Earth Day event every year, a one-day corporate challenge where companies “compete” to beautify a park by cleaning, painting and planting trees, monthly park clean-ups or farming volunteer opportunities, and regular school programs.

This year, KPB is working with the City of Phoenix in “PHX Renews” to encourage communities and businesses to collaborate to take vacant lots and create productive interesting spaces. In the middle of downtown Phoenix, there is a fifteen-acre empty lot, a result of the slow economy. As part of PHX Renews, a private landowner and the City are working with KPB to have community organizations and educational institutions create projects on the lot. Quarles & Brady assisted KPB with its sublicense agreements. Already, members of the International Rescue Committee, a group of refugees, are farming plots to demonstrate sustainable agricultural techniques. I especially enjoy being part of the PHX Renews program because it is one way to use my legal skills to support important environmental and community projects, and take my interest in all things Green beyond the annual Earth Day.