The City of Charlottetown has, once again, partnered with local businesses on an environmental initiative that will see approximately 100 trees planted to offset the annual paper usage of the participating businesses.
McInnes Cooper’s Charlottetown office initiated the Business Tree Planting Challenge in 2014 and the City of Charlottetown has been working in partnership with them to organize this initiative ever since.
This year, Bevan Brothers Limited and Invesco have joined McInnes Cooper in the tree planting challenge. Volunteers from the three businesses, along with City staff, will be at the Upton Farmlands on Monday, August 15 to plant the trees, adding to the existing Confederation Forest initiated in 2014 by the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project.
"I want to commend these Charlottetown businesses for taking part in this initiative and setting an example within the community," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Sustainable environmental initiatives are critical to our forest legacy and the City recognizes the importance of protecting and enhancing our urban forest."
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 8,333 sheets of paper. In 2015, paper use for the City Corporation was equivalent to 100 trees and last year, the City planted a total of 585 trees throughout the city.
"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. "The Business Tree Planting Challenge is great because it’s easy to do and it engages our members in a collective effort to offset our resource consumption. We’re proud to continue our involvement in this initiative, and we’re very pleased to partner this year with Bevan Brothers and Invesco."
The participating businesses will cover 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 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
Invesco Enterprise Services (IES) opened in 2007 with a 24-person team in a temporary office. Today, more than 300 Islanders work with clients and colleagues across the globe from their LEED-certified, state-of-the-art facility in downtown Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. As one of Charlottetown's fastest-growing and most-sought-after employers, IES offers a wide range of career opportunities and is well-known for its vibrant workplace culture. For more information visit: www.invesco.ca
Photo cutline: Hal and Cruz Bevan, of Bevan Brothers Limited, planting trees last year as part of the Business Tree Planting Challenge. Bevan Brothers Limited will take part in the planting again this year.
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