Enterprise 50 Million Tree Pledge Fact Sheet
From its humble beginnings in the basement of a car dealership to North America’s largest car rental company, Enterprise Holdings celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007. To say thank you to everyone who has helped drive the company’s success in its first 50 years and make a significant commitment for the next 50, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation has announced the 50 Million Tree Pledge.
What is the 50 Million Tree Pledge?
Enterprise has made an unprecedented gift to The Arbor Day Foundation, committing to fund the planting of 50 million trees over the next 50 years at a total cost of $50 million in today’s dollars.
Each year for the next 50 years, The Arbor Day Foundation will work with the United States Forest Service to plant one 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 also invites the public to support the Arbor Day Foundation in this historic effort by making donations at arborday.org/enterprise.
Why Is Enterprise Planting Trees?
The need for reforestation is great. And the positive impact trees make on the world is immense 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 an impact 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 works with The Arbor Day Foundation to determine the National Forests and planting projects with the greatest and most immediate needs. This year’s 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. Read about our current restoration projects.
Who’s Behind The 50 Million Tree Pledge?
The 50 Million Tree Pledge is a public/private partnership between the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation , The Arbor Day Foundation, and the United States Forest Service.
Is Enterprise Doing Anything Else To Help The Environment?
The 50 Million Tree Pledge complements a range of other Enterprise 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 country’s largest urban parks.
How Can I Get Involved Or Learn More?
To learn more about this effort, please visit arborday.org/enterprise.
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