Our habitat is made up of a complex, delicately balanced network of living things—all in need of healthy air, nourishing food, and clean water. MITRE’s commitment to sustainability extends to preserving that balance at our facilities and providing opportunities for our team to help improve and protect the environment on- and off-site.
On-site gardens at MITRE’s McLean and Bedford locations offer an opportunity for employees to step into nature and engage with the landscape outside our office windows. In addition to tending to and harvesting from MITRE gardens, it’s a chance for our employees to give back to our community and work side by side with colleagues from across MITRE’s vast array of capabilities.
Getting started with MITRE gardens is as simple as a quick sign-up—whether you’re flexing your green thumb for the first time, or a master gardener on your own time, our team is always looking for those who want to make a direct impact:
Landscaping MITRE facilities with native plants isn’t just about beautifying our campuses—even if the end result is visually appealing.
By choosing native plants, we’re ensuring a landscaped environment that is adapted to each site’s specific temperature and rainfall conditions, making it more resilient against local insect populations and less reliant on day-to-day upkeep. The end result is a switch to a landscape in need of fewer fertilizers and pesticides, and less watering outside of regular rainfall.
Planting native species is also our way of being a good neighbor to a wide variety of pollinators and wildlife that share the environment around our campuses. In addition to providing shelter, native plants offer greater nutritional value to local wildlife and promote biodiversity around our sites.
Planting native and pollinator-friendly species creates the ideal environment for the wildlife living alongside MITRE facilities. These plants provide better, more appropriate food and shelter for the butterflies, insects, birds, and other living things that call our campuses home—and with less need for pesticides or fertilizers, native plants also protect species from coming into contact with harmful chemicals.
To further reduce pesticide use, we’re choosing an all-natural pest-control solution: installing bat boxes. By eating insects that would otherwise damage the landscape, attracting bats to our campuses can keep the bug population in check and limit the need for chemical solutions.
Civic Time Activities
Getting involved in habitat enhancement may begin on-site at MITRE, but it doesn’t have to end there. To provide more opportunities to make a positive impact on the environment around us and the communities we serve, MITRE has civic time allowances that can be used to support local habitats.
The opportunities below are just a starting point—when it comes to habitat cleanup, creation, and protection, there’s no shortage of local and community-based organizations with a commitment to stewardship, problem-solving and service that mirror our values at MITRE.