Local businesses and the City of Charlottetown planted approximately 100 trees today (Wednesday, May 31) thanks to an environmental initiative that offsets the annual paper usage of the participating businesses.
McInnes Cooper’s Charlottetown office initiated the Business Tree Planting Challenge in 2014 and the City of Charlottetown has been working in partnership with them to organize this initiative ever since.
This year, three City of Charlottetown Certified Sustainable Businesses joined McInnes Cooper in the tree planting challenge, including Buns and Things Bakery, Howatt’s Enviro Paints, and Invesco. Volunteers from the three businesses, along with City staff, planted the trees at Upton Farmlands, adding to the existing Confederation Forest initiated in 2014 by the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project.
"For the past three years, we have had sustainably minded businesses step forward to wholeheartedly participate in this tree planting to try to reduce some of the impact they have on the environment," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Three of these are Charlottetown businesses that have also voluntarily signed up for our Certified Sustainable Business program. The efforts of all four companies is a testament to how much they care about their community and how concerned they are about giving back. McInnes Cooper, and the three other businesses participating this year, along with those who participated in previous years, should feel proud of their efforts. We are honoured to be partnering with them in their efforts."
The City used an equation cited by Conservatree.org to calculate the approximate number of trees needed to provide the amount of paper each participating business uses in a typical year. The equation is based on one tree producing 8,333 sheets of paper.
The participating businesses covered the cost of their trees, which are all PEI native species ordered from the J. Frank Gaudet Nursery.
For more information on the City’s sustainability initiatives, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/sustainablecity.php
Photo cutline: Lyle Badger of McInnes Cooper participates in the Business Tree Planting Challenge.
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