The Greater Philadelphia region is getting a little greener every day, but there are still many neighborhoods, streets and backyards in need of trees and all the benefits they bring.
That's why the Phillies, ARAMARK and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society joined together today - Earth Day - at Richie Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia's FDR Park to announce their second season of "Home Runs for Trees," the program aimed at helping to restore the region's tree coverage. The initiative is part of the PHS-led Plant One Million campaign, a multi-state tree-planting effort encompassing 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and the state of Delaware.
For each home run hit by a Phillies player this season, PHS and its partners will plant a tree this fall in locations such as parks, urban neighborhoods, and watershed areas. Last year, thanks to the Phillies' hitting power, the program added 158 trees to the region.
"This year, we're hoping that Home Runs for Trees inspires the Phillies' many fans to plant trees in their yards and neighborhoods," said Drew Becher, PHS President. "We would like to get everyone engaged in this campaign, and we're here to provide the training and support to make that possible. Together, we will reach our goal of a million new trees in a very short time."
Phillies fans can get involved and learn how to "Plant, Count, Tend" - plant a new tree, count it toward the Plant One Million campaign, and tend the tree so that it thrives - at www.plantonemillion.org.
The Phillies and ARAMARK's participation in this tree-planting effort is part of the award-winning "Red Goes Green" program, which emphasizes the Phillies' leading role in environmental responsibility.
"We're pleased to once again partner with ARAMARK and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in the Phillies Home Runs for Trees program," said David Montgomery, Phillies President. "This initiative is a great way to help restore the region's tree coverage, and we're proud to have the program among our Red Goes Green sustainability efforts."
The tree plantings are made possible through the generous sponsorship of ARAMARK, which provides excellent dining experiences at the annual PHS Philadelphia Flower Show and serves as Citizens Bank Park's exclusive food and beverage partner.
"We are excited to continue our partnership with the Phillies and PHS on Home Runs for Trees," said Marc Bruno, President, ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment. "Programs like this not only make our region even more beautiful, but also improve the environment and enrich our communities."
For more information on "Home Runs for Trees," please visit www.phillies.com/redgoesgreen.
ABOUT PLANT ONE MILLION
Plant One Million is a partnership led by PHS to plant one million trees throughout 13 counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware. The other lead partners are TreePhilly, a program of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation; the TreeVitalize program of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; the New Jersey Tree Foundation; and the Delaware Center for Horticulture. The goal is to restore the "tree canopy cover"-the area of land shaded by trees-in the Greater Philadelphia region to 30 percent. Since Plant One Million was launched a year ago, more than 260,000 new trees have been planted.
Trees clean the air, reduce flooding, improve water quality in rivers and streams, lower energy costs, and raise property values. Each tree planted will help improve the quality of life in communities throughout the region. Learn more at www.plantonemillion.org.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, a nonprofit organization founded in 1827, motivates and inspires people to improve the quality of life and build healthier communities through horticulture. Membership dues, donations and ticket sales from the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show support PHS greening initiatives such as Plant One Million. The PHS Tree Tenders program provides training in tree selection, planting and care. For information, visit www.PHSonline.org.
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