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May 9, 2012

After a month of EarthSmart Outreach events in 7 cities, I am pleased at how much progress that our FedEx team members have already made in sustaining our communities nationwide. 

In Pittsburgh, Memphis and Indianapolis, we planted close to 800 trees, which will reduce an estimated 18,960 lbs of carbon dioxide per year.[1]

We also planted over 800 plants with community volunteers from Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Los Angeles.  With the help of students from Georgetown Day School, we also cleaned up alongside the Anacostia River, removing 80 pounds of trash.  We also worked with 208 students from the Lingelbach Elementary School in Philadelphia to install their own rain garden.

We are halfway through all our events, and we have already exceeded last year’s total team member participation by 10%. So many team members have shared how much fun they are having working together and why they are so glad to have this opportunity to give back to their environment. Take a look at what some of our team members have to say about our EarthSmart Outreach projects:

“I view EarthSmart Outreach as a way to protect Earth and its natural resources. Outreach programs such as the Dallas event help provide us with a higher quality of life and it passes on a healthier environment for future generations.”
— John Edwards (FedEx TechConnect)

Click here to view photos from the EarthSmart Outreach event in Dallas
“I found the Event to be a total success and literally would not change a thing about it.  My grade to our Program Organizers, Participants, and Volunteers is a big 100%! I am very proud to be a FedEx employee and participating in these Community Events is my preferred method of not only presenting our sustainability concerns and efforts to the communities we are part of, but acting on them as well.”
— Fernando Lemelle (FedEx Ground)

“I truly enjoyed this event – I like giving back and it is a fact that what we give back to this Earth gives back again to us triple-fold and more.  It’s amazing the impact planting one tree can make – and we planted many more! There is more to do and I am hoping there will be another opportunity. This is my first event and things seemed to go smoothly and straight to the point. I have always been glad to be a part of the FedEx family and have enjoyed my years with the company. But this made me truly proud to be a part of it. FedEx is a far reaching, global entity that not only takes care of its people but is also concerned for the beautiful Earth we are all a part of.”
— Sherri Eubanks (FedEx Express)

Click here to view photos from the EarthSmart Outreach event in Memphis

“I totally enjoyed the experience. It was a fun group to work with and was a very rewarding experience. I have done quite a few of these community improvement events and this was very enjoyable.”
— Bill Braun (FedEx Express)

Click here to view photos from the EarthSmart Outreach event in Philadelphia

Los Angeles
“As a native Southern Californian, this year’s EarthSmart Outreach event really gave me a chance to give back to an area I enjoyed as a child. Living in a world that often seems out-of-balance, the event provided me with a way of helping to restore some small part of nature’s balance. Coupled with a cool ocean breeze and crashing waves, the Redondo Beach bluffs are so beautiful.  Helping to preserve nature and beauty also provided a great way to get up close with nature, and work alongside some of FedEx’s best and brightest.  I thank you for the opportunity and so does the El Segundo Blue Butterfly!”
— Jai Shaw (FedEx Trade Networks)

Click here to view photos from the EarthSmart Outreach event in Los Angeles

“This year’s program was one of the most enjoyable and organized events I have had the pleasure to be involved with.  It’s a great way for us to make a small difference within our local community by volunteering each year and working with non-profit organizations. I have lived in the Pittsburgh area my entire life and to be able to give back to the city fills me with a sense of self worth and happiness.  The coordinators are very personable and good genuine people who truly care.  It’s also nice to meet FedEx employees from different OpCos who we don’t normally have the opportunity to meet. 
Thank you for the chance to volunteer.  FedEx definitely cares!”
— Jeffrey Baker (FedEx Services)

Here are the remaining EarthSmart Outreach events for the 2012 season:

Friends of the Forest Preserves
Project Date: May 12, 2012
Project Description: Volunteers will remove invasive species that threaten the native plants and animals at Dan Ryan Woods on Chicago’s south side. Volunteers will help clear a rare woodland of invasive trees and shrubs that crowd out native wildflowers and grasses. http://www.fotfp.org/

Colorado Springs
Rocky Mountain Field Institute
Project Date: May 18, 2012
Project Description: Volunteers will close and restore trails and gullies in the Garden of the Gods Park to reduce soil loss and mitigate the flow of sediment into Fountain Creek.

Branch Brook Park Alliance
Project Date: May 18, 2012
Project Description: Volunteers will remove invasive plants and replant a stretch of the riparian buffer along the western shoreline of Branch Brook Park Lake.

Project Date: May 30, 2012
Project Description: Volunteers will remove invasive plants from Dumas Bay Park and place mulch around native plants to re-establish a healthy habitat.

Miami Science Museum
Project Date: June 16, 2012
Project Description: Volunteers will plant trees and shrubs at Oleta River State Park.

San Francisco
Golden Gate National Park Conservancy
Project Date: June 27, 2012
Project Description:  Volunteers will participate in native plantings and invasive plant removal near the Presidio’s Coastal Bluffs to decrease erosion flow and to improve habitat for birds and wildlife.

Mystic River Watershed Association
Project Date: July 10, 2012
Project Description: Volunteers will remove invasive water chestnut plants from the Mystic River.

We have room for more volunteers if you are working in one of the above cities and are interested in volunteering.  For more information, login to the FedEx Cares website. 

If you have any questions – please reach out to me at philip.blackett.osv@fedex.com.

[1] <#_ftnref1> Estimated using Center for Urban Forest Research Tree Carbon Calculator


    MayLyn says:

    I’m so grateful and blessed to be a FedEx volunteer and to be apart of the Earthsmart program! I enjoy helping others and our community!

    Mitch Jackson says:

    I recently wrote a blog post about EarthSmart Outreach in which I explained the program and why it was important. Today, I simply want to thank all the team members who dedicated their time to our EarthSmart Outreach efforts over the past few weeks, and to thank in advance those still to come. You embody EarthSmart Outreach.

    Your efforts show that we connect the world in more ways than by just moving our customers’ goods – we also do so by being responsible and giving neighbors. Over these past weeks, and in the weeks to come, you help connect our communities responsibly and resourcefully.

    Congratulations and thank you all.

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