April 26, 2016 – On Saturday, April 23, UPS Canada delivered the environmental goods at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area in honour of Earth Day. More than 100 employees and their families joined Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) to plant 350 native trees and shrubs.
“UPS is a valued partner in our watershed,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation for CVC. “Their commitment to give back to local communities is impressive. We have been fortunate to build a long-standing relationship with UPS.This event marks our tenth tree planting together.”
The annual tree planting event was hosted at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area to help repair the local urban canopy after devastation from emerald ash borer (EAB), and damages from severe weather this past March. Native trees planted by UPS volunteers will help provide new habitat for local wildlife and beautify the landscape.
Over the last five years, UPS has donated $124,500 in total support to CVC’s community tree planting program. This financial support has contributed to 14,000 volunteers planting 38,000 native trees and shrubs. Approximately 500 employees and their families have participated in environmental projects with CVC, contributing more than 1,500 hours.
Volunteer support is essential to help maintain a healthy watershed. In 2015, CVC had 6,000 volunteers who contributed 30,000 hours and planted 16,000 native trees and shrubs. Trees are important to help fight climate change. In one year, a single acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of carbon dioxide produced by a car driven almost 42,000 kilometres.
Under its corporate social responsibility program, UPS is committed to helping the communities where it operates. Next year UPS looks to continue its environmental volunteerism with additional tree planting events in other watersheds across Southern Ontario.
Conservation authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. For 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation has worked with its partners to support a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. Credit Valley Conservation gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Peel and Halton; the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton; the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, Mono, Oakville and Orangeville; and the Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
UPS Canada tree planting volunteers – group shot
UPS Canada tree planting volunteers
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