Credit Valley Conservation and UPS Canada team up to help the local environment

Monday, May 13, 2019 by Credit Valley Conservation

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On Saturday, May 4, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) and UPS Canada kicked-off their first employee tree planting event of the year at the South Fletchers Sportsplex in Brampton. The event was part of a larger UPS initiative in support of CVC’s Community Tree Planting Program. CVC has received a $100,000 donation from the UPS Foundation in support of the 2019 program, which marks the eighth year UPS has supported the tree planting program.

“We’re excited to continue the collaboration between Credit Valley Conservation and UPS with this very generous donation,” said Deborah Martin-Downs, Chief Administrative Officer of CVC. “Tree plantings are one of the best ways we can become more resilient to climate change. UPS and their employees are undertaking critical work to help with reforestation efforts and improve long-term health of the local environment. Recent flooding across parts of the country is an important reminder of why this work is so critical. We value our corporate relationship and together we’re making a difference in the watershed.”

Over 130 UPS employees and family members participated in the event by planting 500 trees and shrubs. This year, CVC’s Community Tree Planting Program will see 10,000 native trees and shrubs planted across the Credit River Watershed. This restoration work helps improve urban and rural forest cover while residents connect with nature. Also in attendance at the event were MP Sonia Sidhu (Brampton South), MPP Prabmeet Sarkaria (Brampton South), UPS Canada President Dominic Porporino and CVC’s CAO Deborah Martin-Downs.

UPS and CVC have a long-standing relationship. Since 2011, the UPS Foundation has contributed over $350,000 in support of environmental programming in the Credit River Watershed. In addition, employees have directly logged over 1,950 volunteer hours and planted more than 3,500 trees since becoming involved in CVC’s Community Tree Planting Program.

UPS Canada’s support of the Community Tree Planting Program directly supports UPS’s global pledge to plant 15 million trees around the world by 2020. With assistance from CVC’s Community Tree Planting Program, UPS has helped improve air quality, reduce erosion and flooding, and enhance wildlife habitat in the Credit River Watershed.

“Together, UPS employees and their families have now planted trees in 56 countries around the world,” stated Porporino. “This is an incredible accomplishment and testament to UPS’ commitment to offset emissions, improve lives and keep our communities green.”

CVC is proud to work with partners to lead restoration of the local natural environment along the Credit River. Since 2010, through its Community Tree Planting Program, CVC has planted approximately 120,000 native trees and shrubs across the Credit River Watershed. With financial support and UPS employee volunteerism, the Community Tree Planting Program inspires action for local environmental restoration and reforestation.


Credit Valley Conservation and UPS kick-off their spring tree planting event.
Left to Right: UPS Canada President Dominic Porporino, Brampton South MPP Prabmeet Sarkaria, CVC’s CAO Deborah Martin-Downs

UPS employees and their families came together to give back to their community through UPS Canada’s Spring tree planting event held at the South Fletcher’s Sportsplex in Brampton

About Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
Credit Valley Conservation Foundation is a registered environmental charity working to help protect and conserve the lands and waters of the Credit River Watershed.  The Foundation accomplishes this by raising funds in support of the valuable conservation projects carried out by Credit Valley Conservation that protect the health and well-being of the flora and fauna, the watershed and its inhabitants for today and tomorrow.

About Credit Valley Conservation
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed. That watershed is the area of land defined by where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

About The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2018, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $114.9 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at


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