District 7430 Environmental Sustainability
Caring for our environment is now Rotary’s 7th Area of Focus, and presents a very exciting challenge for clubs to tackle on a local, regional, national, and international level.
Rotary members are addressing environmental issues the way they always do: coming up with projects, using their connections to change policy, and planning for the future.
In June 2020, The Rotary Foundation Trustees and the Rotary International Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the Environment as Rotary’s 7th Area of Focus.  Rotary supports activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance environmental sustainability, and foster harmony between people and the environment.
District 7430 has quickly committed to this area of focus. Efforts are being led by the District’s Environmental Sustainability Team. 
Rotarians and their community partners around the globe are taking action in:
  • Protecting and restoring land, coastal, marine, and freshwater resources
  • Enhancing the capacity of communities to support natural resource management and conservation
  • Supporting sustainable agriculture, fishing, and aquaculture practices
  • Addressing the cause of climate change by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases
  • Strengthening ecosystems and communities affected by climate change
  • Supporting education initiatives that promote behavior that protects the environment
  • Advocating for sustainable consumption to build an economy that uses resources more efficiently
  • Addressing environmental justice issues and public health concerns
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Wednesday, December 7, 2022
ESRAG Project seminar
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
ESRAG Project Seminar
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
ESRAG Project Seminar
Saturday, April 29, 2023
Rotary Day of Service: A Focus on the Environment
throughout District 7430
May 26, 2023 8:00am-4:00pm UTC+10:00
WWS 15- It All Starts with WASH
Everything starts with WASH! From eduction to disease prevention to peace, water, sanitation are requirements.
Many Rotary Clubs have already appointed a Club Environmental Lead or champion, someone who is interested in the environment and is willing to organize environmental projects within the local community and be a local advocate for Protecting the Environment.
Your club is encouraged to apply for a District Grant to help fund an environmental sustainability project in your community.  The Grants Committee can help you with the application.
Your club may also consider working on a project with a Rotary club from another area of the world.  Clubs are being encouraged by The Rotary Foundation to apply for Global Grants for activities that protect or restore the environment.
Team Members, Mission, and Purpose
Environmental Resources for Rotary Clubs
Organizations that can act as an informational resource or partner for environmental projects and activities.
Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) is the group of Rotarians who were instrumental in getting “Supporting The Environment” recognized as an Area of Focus. Their experience, expertise, and organization are great resources for Rotarians.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Rotary Action Group (WASHRAG) supports and ensures sustainable long-lasting clean water, sanitation, and hygiene programs to communities in need.
Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species (RAGES) supports worldwide initiatives to protect and save endangered species.
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The District Pollinator Project
Get ready to dig some holes and get your hands dirty. The District Environmental Sustainability Team is taking the lead in creating a pilot pollinator project in which all Rotarians can participate. 
The garden will be located at a Boy Scout/Girl Scout Camp in Northern Berks County. The site is Camp Edmar located between Kutztown and I-78.
We will be working with camp staff and campers to create and maintain the garden at the camp facility. Watch for an announcement on our fall garden planting. A second planting will take place next spring.
This pilot pollinator project is being funded through a District Grant. 
Terry Reed
District Environmental Sustainability Team