At Marstel-Day, LLC, new employees sign an agreement, as part of their offer letter, to keep Earth Day as a “set-aside” day each year, reserved for company-sponsored environmental service events in their community. It might sound a little unorthodox, but for this Virginia-based environmental consulting firm, it’s just business as usual. With Earth Day swiftly approaching, members of the Virginia offices are gearing up for projects that include lending a hand to Tree Fredericksburg in their efforts to reforest Fredericksburg’s urban areas and parks, helping out the non-profit Downtown Greens at their community park, and also sponsoring other Earth Day events in the community. Over on the west coast in Oakland, California, office-wide projects include participating in a cleanup of Lake Merritt, as well as tree-planting and native gardening projects. Each year since the company’s inception in 2002, Marstel-Day employees have participated in a wide variety of Earth Day activities, such as building rain barrels, planting trees, installing native plant gardens, and working in local gardens in the communities surrounding their office locations. Marstel-Day is a woman-owned, HUBZone certified small business founded by company President and Harvard-educated entrepreneur Rebecca R. Rubin to further the protection, enhancement and preservation of natural resources. Marstel-Day is an idea-driven, value-based environmental company providing sustainability consulting to the public and private sector. “Our goal is to identify, adopt, and promote progressive environmental standards and practices that demonstrate our commitment to sustainable energy, natural resource conservation, habitat and open space protection, and overall environmental excellence, and to incorporate this knowledge and information into the advice we provide to our clients,” said Rebecca. The consultants at Marstel-Day provide clients with concepts, strategies and plans of action for landscape-scale conservation of natural resources, climate adaptation plans, ecosystem services, energy planning and “net zero” strategies, water security, smart growth and transportation, and the management of issues relating to encroachment pressures on government lands, open space and habitat. Their track record of award-winning performance demonstrates the consistent excellent results they achieve for their clients. The firm incorporates climate adaptation and ecosystem services into most of its studies and analyses. Marstel-Day assists federal agencies, local governments, and private companies realize the ways in which ecosystem services save costs and help meet their federally mandated climate adaptation objectives. Internally, the company is devoted to “greening” practices. In addition to the Earth Day service requirement, Marstel-Day manages its own recycling, practices composting throughout the warmer months, and has installed a native plant garden. Marstel-Day also partners with Carbonfund.org to offset its office energy usage and employee business travel emissions. A firm that that truly “walks the walk” on Earth Day and every day, Marstel-Day is the consulting firm of choice for eco-conscious companies seeking the best in environmental advice.