One Billion Acts of Kindness for Mother Earth

Spring is the season of renewal and Earth Day is a reminder to honor our planet and handle it with care. While spring is springing and summer is coming, what better reason to spend some time outside, and enjoying nature. This Earth Day, April 22, we get to enjoy the natural beauty of our surroundings, but it is also important to conserve them too. This year, Benefits.gov is sharing ways you can enjoy the beautiful weather while helping the environment at the same time.

There are a few ways you can be more environmentally friendly in your day-to-day lives. You can start by engaging in activities that preserve and build upon the natural environment, like planting a tree and by keeping our trees and forests healthy. Did you know? Trees help filter the pollution out of the air and absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses.

 To help maintain the already planted trees and forests, the Healthy Forest Reserve Program and the Conservation Reserve Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), help landowners restore, enhance and protect forestland resources or private lands by improving environmental quality. These programs provide citizens with yearly rental payments in exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production, as well as, conservation easements, which regulate the use of a piece of land to protect its associated resources. With these programs, you can help repair damaged forestlands and make a positive impact on the environment.

Benefits.gov also has information on benefit programs that protect animal habitats in your state. The Cooperative Endangered Species Fund, a U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) program, provides funding to states and territorial agencies for species and habitat conservation on non-federal lands.

The ability to keep America beautiful doesn’t end with preserving the outdoors; conservation can continue in your own home. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) manages the PowerSaver Home Energy Retrofit Loan Pilot Program, which offers borrowers low-cost loans to make energy-saving improvements to their homes. Supported by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), homeowners can use PowerSaver loans to install environmentally friendly insulation, duct sealing, HVAC systems, solar panels and more.

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. It’s officially spring, so if you feel renewed, give back something you have taken from Mother Earth with some revival efforts. Do your part to contribute to environmental conservation by looking at other Environmental sustainability/Conservation benefits on our site. Use the Benefit Finder tool to see what other benefits you might be eligible for!