The UPS Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $2 million to nonprofit organizations working to plant, protect, and preserve trees in urban and rural areas around the world.
Through its new environmental initiative, UPS will provide both financial and employee volunteer support to national and international organizations; grants to the latter will be based on UPS employee recommendations.
In the initiative's inaugural funding round, grants were awarded to the Nature Conservancy ($500,000) for reforestation projects in Brazil and China, forest conservation in Canada, and efforts to advance international climate standards; the Earth Day Network ($235,000) to support a sustainable transportation/biodiesel environmental education project and four urban tree planting locations in Europe and the U.S.; the National Park Foundation ($200,000) for a tree planting initiative at the Flight 93 Memorial in southeastern Pennsylvania; and the National Arbor Day Foundation ($150,000) for a tree-planting initiatives in Manitoba and the boreal forest region of northern Alberta. In addition, the foundation awarded $300,000 in continued support to the World Resources Institute for its Green House Gas Protocol initiative and New Ventures program, which is designed to spur environmentally sustainable growth of small- and medium-size enterprises in key emerging markets; and $225,000 in additional support to Keep America Beautiful for its Community Improvement Grant program.
"Preserving the world's forests is critical to reducing carbon, combating climate change, and protecting the planet's atmosphere," said UPS Foundation president Ken Sternad. "UPS long has sought to be part of the solution when it comes to the environment, and this combination of financial support and local UPS volunteers continues that commitment."