Enterprise Rent-A-Car 50 Million Tree Pledge
From its humble beginnings in the basement of a car dealership to North Americaï¿½s largest car rental company, Enterprise Rent-A-Car celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2007. To say ï¿½thank youï¿½ to everyone who has helped drive the companyï¿½s success in its first 50 years and make a significant commitment for the next 50, Enterprise Rent-A-Car has announced the 50 Million Tree Pledge.
What is the50 Million Tree Pledge?
Enterprise Rent-A-Car has made an unprecedented gift to The Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) ï¿½ committing to fund the planting of 50 million trees over the next 50 years at a total cost of $50 million in todayï¿½s dollars.
Each year for the next 50 years, The Arbor Day Foundation will work with the United States Forest Service to plant 1 million trees in National Forests around the country. The gift will also fund tree-planting initiatives in international locations where Enterprise serves customers, including Europe and Canada.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car also invites the public to support the NADF in this historic effort by making donations at www.arborday.org/enterprise.
Why Is Enterprise Rent-A-Car Planting Trees?
The need for reforestation is great. And the positive impact trees make on the world is immense ï¿½ from cleaning the air and helping to maintain a clean water supply to combating soil erosion and providing habitats for birds and other animals.
Enterprise recognizes that the vehicles in its fleet leave a footprint on the environment. While the company knows the 50 Million Tree Pledge is not a total solution, it is certainly a step in the right direction.
Where Will The Trees Be Planted?
Enterprise Rent-A-Car works with The NADF to determine the National Forests and planting projects with the greatest and most immediate needs. This yearï¿½s projects were selected to help several forests recover from devastating forest fires, bug infestation, as well as to help re-establish a native habitat for an endangered bird. This yearï¿½s projects include:
- William B. Bankhead National Forest, Alabama
- Fremont-Winema National Forests, Oregon
- Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan
- Pike & San Isabel National Forests, Colorado
- Six Rivers National Forest, California
- Lillooet, British Columbia (Canada)
Who's Behind The 50 Million Tree Pledge?
The 50 Million Tree Pledge is a public/private partnership between Enterprise Rent-A-Car, The Arbor Day Foundation, and the United States Forest Service.
Is Enterprise Rent-A-Car Doing Anything Else To Help The Environment?
The 50 Million Tree Pledge complements a range of other Enterprise Rent-A-Car initiatives, including:
- $10 million gift to help The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a leading bio-tech research center, develop bio-fuel solutions, among other things.
- $30 million gift to the Missouri Botanical Garden to fund worldwide plant research.
- $5 million gift for the long-term preservation of Forest Park in St. Louis, one of the countryï¿½s largest urban parks.
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