Focus on the Environment by Celebrating World Environment Day on June 5th

DeiffenbachiaWhile you may be familiar with Earth Day, which is typically celebrated in April, a bigger environmental holiday is that of World Environment Day, which falls on June 5th each year. Our blog post this week provides some background on this little known, but growing, movement that brings together a number of environmental and social issues to get support from the global community.

What is World Environment Day?

The United Nations established World Environment Day in 1972 as a means of drawing attention to many environmental issues that affected the entire globe, including climate change, pollution, food shortage, waste and diminishing natural resources.Brom Garden

By making it a global event, it was hoped that people would look beyond politics and cultural differences and work together on a local, regional, and global level to sustain our precious environment.

Today, it has become an annual celebration that grows every year with all types of events leading up June 5th as well as celebrated on the special day. The website for World Environment Day as well as its Twitter feed and other social media platforms are full of information on what is happening around the world to recognize this important day. It is truly inspirational to see so many people working on caring for and sustaining our environment as well as creating a better quality of life for all.

What Can You Do on World Environment Day?

After learning more about World Environment Day, you may wonder what you can do in Albuquerque to help celebrate it and help others to get involved. Here are some ideas that can get you started:nutritionP1

  • Add more greenery to your life by creating your own garden patch, growing your own vegetables, or joining an urban garden plot. If you have the means of providing financial assistance, you can even help other urban gardens keep going or you can create your own neighborhood garden collective.
  • Be smart about your food consumption and waste. While we may have a lot, others have so very little, so it is important that we also think wisely about what we consume and how we get rid of any waste associated with it.
  • Start a recycling program within your family or local community.
  • Get kids involved by starting an environmental awareness program at home or at their school. Getting them started early will help create smart and sustainable actions in the future.stpaddys1
  • Participate or start a neighborhood clean-up program. See what is available or simply create your own group.

Whatever you do does not have to be large to be significant. All it takes is a community spirit and individual resolve to make incremental differences that, when joined with others, does make a real difference!

Celebrate Administrative Professionals’ Day in Albuquerque with Recognition and Flowers

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A sophisticated orchid arrangement is a stand-out way to say "thank you" to an administrative professional.

When somebody makes your life easier, you say “Thank you.” When someone makes your business life easier, day in and day out, we call them an “administrative professional.” These hard workers have their own day for being recognized. This year, it is on April 25. That gives you some time to think about how to say “thank you” to the administrative professionals in your life.

History of Administrative Professionals’ Day

April 25, 2012 marks the 60th year of celebrating Administrative Professionals’ Day. When it was started in 1952, it was called “National Secretaries Week.” Ceremonies were held in Washington D.C. to kick off the celebration. One of the original purposes of the week was to address a shortage of skilled office workers that was happening at the time.

As years passed, the name evolved to truly reflect the wide range of job duties held by administrative specialists. The administrative professional title can cover a wide range of jobs, including executive assistants, office coordinators, office managers, receptionists and administrative assistants. These are the people who keep a business running smoothly. These are jobs that require a good eye for detail, strong management skills and the ability to meet deadlines. Administrative professionals are often working behind the scenes of a business. That’s why we have a dedicated day to celebrate their contributions.

Celebrate a special day

The International Association of Administrative Professionals has suggestions for honoring administrative professionals. Ideas include offering tuition reimbursement for college classes, supporting professional organizations, and providing registration for conferences or continuing education workshops.

The entire last week of April is dedicated to honoring administrative professionals, but that Wednesday is particularly special. One of the most visible ways to show your appreciation for an administrative professional is with flowers. Peoples Flowers has a special collection of bouquets and gift baskets designed especially for recognizing the contributions of administrative professionals.

Find the perfect flowers

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A living plant arrangement lasts for a long time.

Think about the administrative professional you are honoring. Does he or she garden? Then the Blooming Basket of live plants or the European Garden collection makes a great gift that will continue to flourish for a long time to come. For a fun and contemporary look, check out the Dendrobium Delight. This eye-catcher features exotic orchids in a wire-wrapped cylinder vase that will really stand out on a desk.

Call 800-727-1600 or 505-884-1600 or come into any Peoples Flowers location (we have branches in Nob Hill, Downtown, Northeast Heights and Far North on Montgomery) to pick out a customized arrangement for your administrative professional. Carry it out yourself or have us deliver it as a work day surprise. We cover the entire Albuquerque metro area, including Corrales, Rio Rancho and Bernalillo. We can also arrange for deliveries nationwide.

Administrative Professionals’ Day is a great reminder to take a moment and thank the people who keep your business going every single work day. Perhaps the best gift of all is to remember to say, “Thank you. I appreciate your hard work.” There’s no brighter way to say that than with a bouquet.

Never Forget Another Special Day with Peoples Reminders

Uh-oh. You forgot. Maybe it was your mother’s birthday. Maybe it was your marriage anniversary. Our lives are so packed with work and family obligations, it can be hard to keep track of important dates. Some of use are just plain forgetful. Fortunately, there is a quick way to fix this. You might not have known that your local Albuquerque florist is on hand to help you out. The Peoples Flowers Reminders Service is free and easy to use. Even better, you’ll won’t have to deal with the disappointment of forgetting the flowers on a special day.

What should I use reminders for?

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The Precious Pink bouquet is an ideal anniversary gift.

Birthdays and anniversaries are obvious choices for Peoples Flowers’ Reminder Service, but there’s a lot more you can do. Get a handle on your gift-giving calendar by setting reminders for Mother’s Day, Administrative Professionals’ Day, or for commemorating the signing a big contract. Your clients will be impressed when you thank them for their business with sophisticated bouquets delivered right to their offices.

Peoples Flowers will give you a gentle nudge when it’s time to think about sending flowers or gifts. The Reminder Service is flexible and customizable. You can store notes and be as specific as you like. Did you mother mention how much she loves pink roses? Put it in your reminder and really make her feel special on her birthday. Using the Peoples Reminders service also helps you gain reward points towards savings on future orders.

Get started with Peoples Reminders

Step 1: Register for a free account with Peoples.

Step 2: Click on “Reminders” on the “Services Overview” page.

Step 3: You’re now on the “Manage Reminders” page. Click the “add new reminder” button.

Step 4: Fill out the reminder form. You can select who the recipient is, what message to remind yourself with, what the important date is and when you will receive the reminder. You can get your reminders through email or through a text message on your phone. Use both for a double reminder!

Step 5: Click the “submit” button and you’re all done! Add as many reminders as you wish. You can edit them or change them whenever you want.

I got a reminder! Now what do I do?

This is the fun part. You can customize your reminder message to remind you which flowers or candies your special person likes. We have great options at the ready for any special occasion–like anniversaries, birthdays and holiday–or you can build your own personalized bouquet.

Call Peoples Flowers at 800-727-1600 or 505-884-1600 or drop by any of our four Albuquerque locations to choose a bouquet and gifts. You can present it in person or we can deliver to Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Corrales and Bernalillo. Is your loved one located somewhere else? No problem. We can help you select a bouquet for delivery just about anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. All you have to remember is that Peoples Flowers makes your life easier with Peoples Reminders!