The UPS Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.6 million in support of environmental initiatives aligned with the company's new sustainability goals, which include increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its global ground operations.
The awards include a grant to the World Resources Institute in support of its ongoing role in the development of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the Science Based Targets initiative, which were used to help establish UPS's 2020 and 2025 emissions, energy, fuel, and environmental goals. The awards also include grants to the Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund, which have played an integral role in the UPS Global Forestry Initiative, an effort to plant, protect, and preserve trees in urban and rural areas and forests worldwide. The foundation hopes to fund the planting of 15 million trees by 2020, and, since the initiative was launched in 2012, will have funded the planting of 9.7 million trees, almost two-thirds of its goal, by the end of this year.
In addition, the foundation announced grants to DonorsChoose.org, the Earth Day Network, Earthwatch, Keep America Beautiful, the National Arbor Day Foundation, the National Park Foundation, the Student Conservation Association, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
"UPS set aggressive environmental goals that require innovative solutions for today's global sustainability challenges," said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at the company. "The UPS Foundation helps us partner with organizations that help meet those same challenges. From helping build standards and tools to measure progress, to increasing reforestation efforts, we continue to fund projects that deliver impact for the environmental issues we face on a daily basis."