On October 7th, Regreen Springfield partnered with Keep Springfield Beautiful, the Springfield Science Museum and the United Parcel Service (UPS) to plant 25 new street trees in the Six Corners Neighborhood. This planting was part of the Keep America Beautiful grant program that links local affiliates with local UPS employees who provide volunteer support to plant the trees, in addition to the funding for the trees.
The Keep America Beautiful/UPS grant program is intended to help: sequester levels of carbon dioxide through strategic plantings; emphasize the importance of native tree planting; produce fruit from fruit trees for local consumption; and plant trees that will have a greater likelihood of withstanding natural disasters in communities that have lost a significant number of trees because of a recent natural disaster.
The UPS Foundation grants are part of UPS’s Global Forestry Initiative designed to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and rural areas in the United States and around the world. UPS has surpassed the company’s 2014 tree planting goals, planting more than 1.7 million trees during that year’s grant cycle. Since 2012, The UPS Foundation and UPS employees have planted more than 3 million trees across 47 countries to support the environment.
The project represents a continued effort by Regreen Springfield to work with the City of Springfield Forestry Division to increase tree cover across the city.