Laguna Development Corporation (LDC) employees and their families volunteered alongside community members to help beautify the Pueblo of Laguna.

Every year this event draws hundreds of volunteers from the Pueblo of Laguna and LDC employees from all areas of the company. Volunteers were dispersed throughout the six villages of Laguna to collect trash and debris in designated areas. The Pueblo of Laguna reported a total of 9 tons of trash collected!

Pueblo of Laguna Governor Will Herrera and LDC Chief of Risk Management, Abel Cardenas, address Earth Day crowd.

The event included a free barbecue-styled lunch for volunteers at the K’awaika Center, provided by LDC’s award-winning Food & Beverage team. Shortly before lunch began, volunteers filled the center where event coordinators Dorothy Beecher and LDC’s Chief of Risk Management Abel Cardenas addressed the crowd thanking them for their participation. They also shared the exciting news that Mesita Village had the greatest number of volunteers and trash collection. Pueblo of Laguna Governor, Wilfred Herrera, Jr. also spoke to thank event sponsors for providing volunteers, food, cleaning supplies, t-shirts and raffle prizes.

LDC Team Members servces Pueblo of Laguna Community Members a barbeque lunch.

While Earth Day is just a one-day event to help care for the planet, LDC strives to make a real difference by incorporating sustainability into every day operations. In 2015, LDC implemented a major paperless initiative in order to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.  Five years ago, LDC’s Food & Beverage Department started to initiate the following measures in order to reduce waste and promote sustainability:

  • F&B removed the use of Styrofoam to-go containers which take over 500 years to biodegrade, moving to compostable eco-friendly to-go containers.
  • F&B composts food waste which effectively reduces the environmental impact by keeping waste out of landfills.
  • F&B eliminated the use of plastic bags and adopted paper bags, which can be continually reused and are recyclable and biodegradable.
  • F&B recycles all cooking oil. Used cooking oil can result in untold damage to the environment, recycling it lowers the negative environmental impact.

Laguna Development Corporation Team Members