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Reach Out and PLANT…Somebody’s TREE for EarthSmart

April 13, 2012

“Reach Out and PLANT…Somebody’s TREE.
Make Our World a Better Place…for YOU and ME.”

esoUnderstandably, this is a slight departure from Diana Ross’ “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand” classic. However, when it comes to our upcoming EarthSmart Outreach events, this is more fitting to our team members reaching out and planting trees, among other conservation activities, in our local communities nationwide.

From April 13 to July 10, FedEx team members in 14 cities will be participating in hands-on urban conservation projects to improve the communities where we work and live.  Through our collaboration with the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), we are focused on promoting sustainable ecosystems for future generations to enjoy.

All of this is part of our re-launch of EarthSmart® – FedEx solutions for a more sustainable world.

Our collaboration with NFWF marks our third year working together to address urban environmental challenges and continues the expansion of local grants awarded by FedEx from 12 communities in 2011 and six communities in 2010.  NFWF has helped award grants to local environmental nonprofits that will maximize FedEx philanthropic and volunteer resources in Pittsburgh, Memphis, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Newark, Seattle, Miami, San Francisco and Boston.

Our conservation projects will include a half or full day of service for FedEx team members, working with each NFWF grantee and the local community. We will help plant trees and shrubbery in Pittsburgh, Miami, Memphis and Washington, D.C.; clear invasive plant species in Seattle and Chicago; restore trails in Colorado Springs; revitalize riverfronts and watersheds near Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Dallas, Newark and Boston; and transplant native plants to the Los Angeles area coastline and to San Francisco’s Presidio Bluffs.

Last year, FedEx team members helped plant 15,510 trees, which will be responsible for reducing 372,240 pounds of CO2 per year.  In addition, we have helped restore 219 acres of habitat and reduce runoff water volume by 570,000 gallons per year.  All of which translates to a fresher and more beautiful environment for us and the next generation to enjoy.

Take a look at some of the great work from previous years of EarthSmart Outreach activities:

If you are a FedEx team member and are interested in participating in one of these urban conservation projects, we invite you to log on to and sign up to volunteer.

Together, we not only can reach out and plant but we can also sustain our world for ALL to enjoy.

Join the Conversation on Twitter: #FedExEarthSmart

The organizations participating in the FedEx EarthSmart Outreach projects for 2012 are:

Tree Pittsburgh
Project Date:  April 13, 2012
Project Description:  Volunteers will plant trees, mulch existing trees, and remove weeds and litter along the Riverfront at Pittsburgh’s South Side Trail.

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
Project Date: April 16, 2012
Project Description: Volunteers will plant trees at Shelby Farms Beaver Lake, and will remove privet, an invasive species, at the Woodland Discovery Playground.

Washington, D.C.
Anacostia Watershed Society
Project Date: April 17, 2012
Project Description: Volunteers and students will remove trash from Kenilworth Marsh, transplant native plants, and remove non-native, invasive plants.

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Inc.
Project Date: April 19, 2012
Project Description:  Volunteers will plant trees, plants, and shrubs, perform trail maintenance work, remove litter, and mark storm drains at the Schuylkill River Watershed.

Trinity Commons Foundation
Project Date: April 20, 2012
Project Description: Volunteers will plant native grass and plants along the Santa Fe Trestle Train and Trinity River, and they will clean up debris in the area which begins the Great Trinity Forest; all of this being part of the Trinity Corridor Project.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
Project Date: April 23, 2012
Project Description: Volunteers, neighbors, and project partners will plant 60 trees in the Garfield Park Memorial Grove.

Los Angeles
Los Angeles Conservation Corps SEA Lab
Project Date: May 2, 2012
Project Description: Volunteers will participate in invasive plant removal, planting of California native plants, water and irrigation maintenance, and trash clean-up along the coastline of Santa Monica Bay between Ballona Creek and the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

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.

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 plant material 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 reestablish a healthy habitat.

Miami Science Museum
Project Date: June 9, 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 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.


    MayLyn says:

    Thank you for the wonderful info! I will sign up as a FedEx Volunteer now!

    Janet Bowers says:

    Great work! As a member of the Florida Native Plant Society and volunteer tree planter, it is good to FedEx supporting this.

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