Celebrating Earth Day

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Celebrating Earth Day

Nurturing our love of nature


Lani DeGuire




We are fortunate to have a beautiful office to work from, and while being in the A/C in Texas is much appreciated, nothing beats the recharge and inspiration we get from being outdoors. It’s our true collective happy place, and for years we’ve prioritized finding small opportunities to swap our computers for the countryside.

This Earth Day, we wanted to share all the ways we’ve woven our love of the outdoors into our work lives. Being in Austin, we’re near Lake Travis, where we’ve had the pleasure of swimming, floating, and boating on a number of team outings. For overnight company retreats, we venture a bit southwest to the Hill Country to soak in the gorgeous Texas sunsets, Live Oaks, and wildflowers.

a photo of Texas hill country, a quote reading "In design, Mother Nature is our best teacher.", and a photo looking up at tall trees.

Get out there

When we travel for work, whether it’s for client meetings or conferences, we carve out a little time to surround ourselves with the peace and beauty that nature provides. We’ve found that even a brief stopover in your best business-casual proves beneficial to the brain.

Visiting Visa or HP in the Bay Area? Big Basin Redwoods State Park is down the road. Kicking off with Kohler in Wisconsin? Stroll along Lake Michigan at Kohler-Andrae State Park. Meeting at Bose in Massachusetts? You'll pass the exit for Walden Pond on the way there. Even the bright CES lights of Vegas can be left behind if you head 15 miles west to Red Rock Canyon for an unforgettable hike.

three photos including a redwood with a person, a dune walkway at kohler-andrae state park, and three people hiking in red rock canyon

It doesn't take much

For more day-to-day ways to feel connected to the earth, we walk down the street from our office to our community garden where we grow veggies, fruits, and flowers in our 200 square foot garden plot. We took our general love of nature straight to the birds when we custom-built an owl house with a motion-activated camera, live-streaming its residents for our team during the pandemic.

Thanks to more consistent work-from-home days, we’re also decreasing vehicle emissions, lowering usage of our building’s electricity, and producing far less office waste year over year. We also started celebrating every employee anniversary by planting trees in their honor via American Forests—an act we lovingly refer to as thirteen-twenty-tree. To date, we’ve planted over 300 trees.

This Earth Day, we invite you to plant, donate, clean-up, compost, recycle, and find new places to explore and unwind. It’s National Park Week, so check out ways to learn, participate, and get involved!

four people in a garden with a photo of their tomatoes, okra, beans, and sunflowers

Lani DeGuire

Lani DeGuire


Lani (Lay-nee) is the Program Director at thirteen23. She oversees our projects and works closely with partners and internal teams to ensure success. With over 20 years of experience, she has managed countless product launches and campaigns for national and global brands. A native Texan, Lani loves sunshine, swimming, and the San Antonio Spurs.

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