Local businesses and the City of Charlottetown planted approximately 300 trees today (Thursday, May 30) thanks to an environmental initiative that offsets the annual paper usage of the participating businesses.
This year, five Charlottetown Businesses joined McInnes Cooper in the tree planting challenge, including Fitzpatrick and Co. , Upstreet Craft Brewing, Rodd Hotels and Resorts, and SableArc Studios. More than twenty volunteers from the five businesses, along with City staff, planted the trees at Upton Farmlands, adding to the existing Confederation Forest initiated in 2014 by the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project. McInnes Cooper’s Charlottetown office initiated the Business Tree Planting Challenge in 2014.
The City used an equation cited by Conservatree.org to calculate the approximate number of trees needed to make up for the amount of paper each participating business uses in a typical year. The equation is based on one tree producing 8,333 sheets of paper.
The participating businesses covered the cost of their trees, which are all PEI native species ordered from the J. Frank Gaudet Nursery.
For more information on the City’s sustainability initiatives, visit: www.charlottetown.ca and click on Environment and Sustainability.
(from left) Sabryna Schurman, Patricia Flemming, Duncan Sturz, Tom Keeler, Robert MacGregor, and Lyle Badger from McInnis Cooper participated in the Business Tree Planting Challenge.