Groups participate in Vancouver’s 2020 Greenest City Action Plan
Submitted by Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation in collaboration with TD Bank Group and Sustainable Brands are planting trees and doing clean-up at Stanley Park, Vancouver's first, largest and most well-known urban park on June 4. The tree planting will be done by volunteers attending the 2018 Sustainable Brands Conference — SB'18 Vancouver — which is being held in Downtown Vancouver June 4-7, 2018. The new trees are part of the City of Vancouver’s commitment to plant 150,000 trees by 2020. To sign up for this event please click here.
“We are excited to partner with TD Bank and the attendees of Sustainable Brands 2018 to get these trees planted in Vancouver,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “This planting project will be done completely by volunteers not from Vancouver and the attending representatives from multinational companies can show the benefits of trees by leaving the city more sustainable than when they arrived.”
The planting is in contribution to the City of Vancouver’s 2020 Greenest City Action plan. Work on the Greenest City Action Plan began in 2009, with the Greenest City Action Team. This group of local experts researched best practices from leading green cities around the world, and established the goals and targets that would make Vancouver the world’s greenest city. This work was published in Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future.
“Our attendees have often told us that they wanted to be able to make a difference in the city that hosts our annual conference, and we listened,” said David Fiss, Executive Producer of Sustainable Brands. “In collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation, we were able to offer this unique hands-on tree planting experience.”
The trees planted will not only beautify the area, but also extend the tree canopy of the park and will provide benefits such as cleaner air and water. The investment in the tree canopy will also tangentially help the park to add value to the surround real estate in the area.
"Healthy, vibrant green spaces provide countless benefits to the environment, but also to communities as they have the power to connect us to one another," says Andrea Barrack, Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group. "We are excited to be a part of this initiative and build on our seven-year history of growing and enhancing Stanley Park. Together we can help make the world a more vibrant place."
About the Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 300 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.
As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees.
About TD Global Corporate Citizenship
TD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. In March 2018, TD launched The Ready Commitment, a new multi-year program to help individuals and communities prosper. As part of The Ready Commitment, TD targets CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for an inclusive tomorrow – Financial Security, a more Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment, TD's aspiration is to link business, products, services, and community giving to help people feel more confident - not just about their finances, but about their future and their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit td.com/thereadycommitment
About Sustainable Brands 2018
Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community learning and engagement throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. During the last 44 years, more than 250 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world.
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