Kimberly-Clark Professional Musters a Green Patrol

Jan Spencer, global president of Kimberly-Clark Professional, and other Green Patrol volunteers get to work at Proctor Creek.

Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched the Green Patrol, a program that will bring employees and other volunteers to communities throughout the United States to help plant trees, aid in cleanup and recycling projects and other environmental efforts.

The Green Patrol will provide rewards to people for random acts that benefit the environment, such as putting trash into recycling bins or bicycling to work.

“The Green Patrol is a hands-on effort to make a positive impact on the environment, city-by-city and state-by-state,” said Kevin McVeigh, associate marketing director for sustainability for Kimberly-Clark Professional North America. “Throughout this year, which marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we are going to be putting feet on the street at events that support clean air, reforestation, recycling, composting, as well as other activities that benefit the environment.”

The Green Patrol’s first projects were in Atlanta, near the company's Roswell, Ga., headquarters, and Philadelphia on April 17. More than 70 employees volunteered to clean up Proctor Creek, one of the most environmentally impaired creeks in metro Atlanta. The effort was also undertaken as part of EarthShare of Georgia’s Corporate Green Day Challenge, the first of three annual Earth Day events. In Philadelphia, the Green Patrol assisted with the recycling, composting and cleanup of trash from the Clean Air Council 5K Run.

Kimberly-Clark Professional is one of the largest manufacturers of washroom products in the world, serving commercial institutional facilities such as office buildings, hotels, schools, healthcare facilities, manufacturing plants and other public buildings.