Lumsden, Saskatchewan (September 24, 2009)- On Saturday, September 26, Federal Express Canada in support of Tree Canada and with the help of FedEx volunteers and students and staff at Lumsden Elementary School will rejuvenate the school’s grounds by adding a variety of trees and shrubs. This greening project is one of 15 that FedEx is supporting in communities across the country in 2009.
“The FedEx Express Canada Greening Canada’s School Grounds program with Tree Canada is part of our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Pina Starnino, vice president of operations for FedEx Express Canada. “We are proud to work with Tree Canada to provide greenery for Lumsden Elementary School and its community to enjoy for years to come.”
Lumsden Elementary School was selected to revitalize its school grounds because there was demonstrated interest from students, parents, teachers and the community. Schools interested in applying for funding submitted comprehensive plans to Tree Canada to convert their schoolyards “from mean to green.”
In an effort to educate the students, Tree Canada will be teaching students the value of trees, including energy savings, carbon sequestration and beautification, as well as explaining the mechanics of tree planting and maintenance.
“On behalf of the staff and students at Lumsden Elementary School, I would like to thank every volunteer who has provided their support today, and most importantly, those at FedEx Express Canada and Tree Canada who made this possible,” said school principal Connie Fritzler. “Our students will benefit from the new green space and will learn the importance of preserving the environment and how they can contribute to a better quality of life for both current and future generations.”
FedEx will “green” another 15 schools in 2010. Schools interested in participating in the Greening Canada’s School Grounds program are encouraged to fill out an application. In addition to the Greening Canada’s School Grounds program, FedEx Express Canada will also provide Tree Canada with ongoing natural emergency relief assistance and will help with Canadian reforestation projects.
Over the last two years, FedEx Express Canada has helped Tree Canada plant 6,250 trees across the country in support of its natural emergency relief and reforestation projects. Examples include the Kelowna, British Columbia lands burned by the 2003 wildfires and the Ontario Land Reclamation Project in Sudbury, Ontario. FedEx Express Canada also sponsored urban tree planting events organized by Tree Canada in eight Canadian cities, which involved more than 100 FedEx Express Canada employees and volunteers.
We are grateful for the support of companies like FedEx Express Canada- through their generosity and vision that we have been able to successfully promote the educational value of trees and schoolyard greening in communities across Canada,” said Michael Rosen, president of Tree Canada. “With the help of our sponsors we are having a positive impact on the overall environment-a benefit that communities all across Canada can share.”
About FedEx Express Canada
Federal Express Canada Ltd. is a global logistics and transportation company offering domestic and international shipping and electronic commerce solutions. The company uses advanced package status tracking systems, automated customs clearance services and a dedicated air and ground transportation network to serve Canadian and global markets. FedEx Express Canada employs approximately 5,000 people in over 60 facilities coast-to-coast. For more information, visit www.fedex.ca
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $35 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 280,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit http://news.fedex.com.
About Tree Canada
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, more than 76 million trees have been planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 8 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.
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