UPS Foundation Awards Tree Grants to 21 KAB Affiliates

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Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 7:05 pm | Updated: 9:52 am, Wed Jul 12, 2017.

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, announced the distribution of 21 grants totaling $120,000 from The UPS Foundation for the 2017 Keep America Beautiful/UPS Community Tree and Recovery Tree Planting Grants program. The grant recipients’ projects will result in more than 1,200 trees being planted in support of locally-relevant initiatives.

The Keep America Beautiful/UPS grant program, open exclusively to Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates, provides grants for tree plantings that will have a greater likelihood of withstanding natural disasters in communities that have lost a significant number of trees because of a recent disaster. Since 2011, Keep America Beautiful and The UPS Foundation have worked together to plant more than 10,000 trees throughout the country.

The collaboration with Keep America Beautiful is part of The UPS Foundation’s global tree-planting initiative intended to help sequester levels of carbon dioxide through strategic plantings; emphasize the importance of native tree planting; or produce fruit from fruit trees for local consumption.

"Keep America Beautiful knows that one of the best ways to create resilient, more sustainable communities is through strategic tree plantings," said Helen Lowman, Keep America Beautiful’s president and CEO. "We are proud of our long-standing relationship with UPS and The UPS Foundation as part of its important global tree-planting initiative. Our affiliates’ tree planting projects will help transform public spaces into beautiful places, making their communities economically stronger, healthier and better places to live."

The UPS Community Tree and Recovery Tree Planting Grant Program is one element of The UPS Foundation’s overall support of Keep America Beautiful. The UPS Foundation also has supported Keep America Beautiful’s Vision for America Award, which is presented annually to distinguished leaders whose personal and corporate commitments have significantly enhanced civic, environmental and social stewardship throughout the U.S. UPS was the recipient of the Vision for America Award in 2007. In addition, Keep America Beautiful helps connect UPS employees with local Keep America Beautiful affiliates to provide volunteer support to plant the trees and to fulfill other community improvement projects.

"It is a privilege for UPS to collaborate with Keep America Beautiful, an organization known for advocating for and protecting the environment," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. "The UPS Foundation, through its Global Forestry Initiative, has a goal to fund the planting of 15 million trees by the end of 2020. Awarding these grants to Keep America Beautiful affiliates helps foster more resilient, sustainable communities and demonstrates UPS’s continued commitment to communities and the environment."

SOURCE: Keep America Beautiful

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