The City of Charlottetown has partnered with local businesses on an environmental initiative that will see 150 trees planted to offset the annual paper usage of the participating businesses.
McInnes Cooper’s Charlottetown office initiated the Business Challenge Tree Planting Project with the City of Charlottetown in 2014. Their staff planted 70 trees in Victoria Park.
This year, Bevan Brothers Limited and ArsenaultBestCameronEllis have joined McInnes Cooper in the tree planting challenge. Volunteers from the three businesses will be at the Upton Farm Trust property today (Monday, July 27) with City staff to plant the trees, adding to the existing Confederation Forest initiated in 2014 by Macphail Woods.
"These businesses have stepped up to demonstrate their leadership and corporate responsibility to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Not only are they reducing their impact on the environment and encouraging others to be eco-conscious but they are also contributing to our forest legacy. We commend them for their efforts."
The City used an equation cited by Conservatree.org to calculate the approximate number of trees needed to provide the amount of paper each participating business uses in a typical year. The equation is based on one tree producing approximately 8,000 sheets of paper.
"As a component of our Collective Social Responsibility initiative, McInnes Cooper is committed to minimizing our impact on the environment," said Gary Scales, McInnes Cooper’s Regional Lead Partner in PEI. "What’s great about the Business Tree Planting Challenge is that it is an easy way to offset a significant component of our resource consumption. We are so proud of our law students for creating this initiative, and we’re really pleased to be joined this year by Bevan Brothers Limited and ArsenaultBestCameronEllis."
The participating businesses covered the cost of their trees, which are all PEI native species ordered from the J. Frank Gaudet Nursery.
Gary Schneider from Macphail Woods will be on-site today to direct the planting, along with the City’s Parkland Conservationist and Sustainability Officer.
For more information on the City’s sustainability initiatives, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/sustainablecity.php
About McInnes Cooper:
McInnes Cooper is among the top business and litigation law firms in Canada, with more than 200 lawyers in seven offices, serving clients across North America and abroad. The firm is a market leader in energy and natural resources, business, litigation, employment, tax, real estate and insurance law. McInnes Cooper is the exclusive member firm in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide. For more information, visit: www.mcinnescooper.com
About Bevan Brothers Limited:
For over eighty years Bevan Bros. has operated with traditional values such as loyalty, honesty, and a strong work ethic. Bevan Bros. specializes in residential, commercial, and industrial plumbing and heating and have established a solid reputation for being capable of completing all sizes of plumbing and heating projects, from emergency service calls, residential repairs and service, to total mechanical on large scale commercial and industrial projects. For more information, visit: www.bevanbros.com
ArsenaultBestCameronEllis is a full-service accounting firm, offering auditing, accounting, taxation, and consulting advice to their clients in Prince Edward Island and the mainland since 1946. The office staff size ranges from approximately 25 to 30 people, depending on the time of year, which provides them with sufficient resources to tackle large jobs, as well as flexibility in handling specialized assignments. The firm is part of the AC Group of Independent Accounting Firms Limited which consists of 12 CA firms in three Atlantic Provinces. For more information, visit: www.acgca.ca
Photos from the tree planting are available upon request.
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