Boise ASPEN and ACTrees Celebrate Second Year of Partnering for Trees

College Park, MD (September 1, 2012) – Boise ASPEN, producers of environmentally sustainable Boise® ASPEN® recycled paper, and ACTrees are delighted to celebrate their second year of partnership. To help do that, Boise ASPEN has generously donated a carton of high-quality Boise ASPEN 30 recycled paper to all current ACTrees members.  And Boise ASPEN Project UP™, a program to create green spaces on “brown,” unused city lots, moves forward.  Plans are underway this fall for a Project UP park in an historic Baltimore, MD neighborhood.

The goal of Boise ASPEN’s Project UP is to “unlock potential” in urban communities by transforming vacant lots into urban parks, creating vibrant green spaces that improve the quality of life for residents in underserved neighborhoods. Boise donates a portion of the proceeds from each carton sold of Boise ASPEN 30, ASPEN 50 or ASPEN 100 multi-purpose recycled papers to Project UP™ for the revitalization of urban spaces.

Site plans are in process for a Project UP park in Baltimore, MD, with planting and installation during National NeighborWoods™ Month 2012. “Boise is excited to be contributing to the beautification of such a historic area of Baltimore,” said Terry Stepney, Boise brand manager. The future park site is a one-acre corner lot that has been cleared of 12 abandoned row homes. “This unique and highly visible area represents an opportunity to bring a public green space to what is currently a reminder of less prosperous times for the community.”

Project UP and ACTrees will coordinate the park development with the local non-profits Parks & People Foundation, as well as Humanim Inc. and local government agencies. “So many partners in Baltimore understand the urgent need for green space to help enhance the city’s infrastructure, watershed, and community health. We’re thrilled to work with local organizations to create a valuable new resource for this neighborhood,” said Carrie Gallagher, ACTrees executive director.

During National NeighborWoods™ Month 2011, Highland Vicinity Park in Indianapolis emerged from the dust of a corner lot to become the first Project UP park. With partners Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and more than 70 volunteers, over 100 trees and shrubs were planted. When the plantings were established, high-density benches made from recycled paper were installed, along with a shade structure constructed with repurposed fabric from the demolished RCA dome.

Boise ASPEN is also a Platinum Level Supporter of National NeighborWoods TM Month 2012, and a Corporate Sponsor of ACTrees Annual Member Meeting on November 13th, 2012 in Sacramento.  If you’re an ACTrees member in good standing, watch for your shipment of high-quality Boise ASPEN 30 recycled paper soon—just in time for 4th quarter nonprofit activities.

Related Resources
Boise ASPEN Project UP
ACT and Boise Collaborate to Restore Urban Parks
Project UP To Develop Next Urban Park in Baltimore
Project UP Revitalizes Indianapolis Park for NeighborWoods Month