Plant for the Planet: The Billion Tree Campaign
Vancouver, Canada (Vocus) April 2, 2010
Climate change is one of the most daunting threats facing our world today. Creative solutions will be the key to changing the tides of the biggest fight of humanity. To take action, office composting service provider Growing City has joined Mokugift’s 1,000 Ways To Plant A Tree campaign and will plant a tree for every new customer.
As of March 31st, 2010, Growing City has proudly planted 102 trees with environmentally conscious clients. These trees will absorb an average total of 5,100 lbs of carbon per year.
"Growing City was created to address the needs of urban compositors. Our innovative and individualized organic waste collection service makes office composting simple, clean and convenient by taking organic waste from kitchen to compost. Growing City goes beyond green washing, offering businesses a full service, genuinely sustainable waste solution that shows tangible results overnight. " -- Andrew Sutherland, Co-Founder
"Not only does composting save nutrient-rich waste from going to the landfill, but it also dramatically reduces green house gasses from entering our atmosphere. When organic materials are placed in a landfill and left to decompose without oxygen, harmful amounts of methane are released. Methane is a leading contributor to global warming and by composting with Growing City your waste's methane generation is reduced to essentially zero." -- Lisa von Sturmer, Co-Founder
Mokugift created the 1,000 Ways To Plant A Tree campaign to enable innovative companies, like Growing City, to invent news ways to plant a real tree as a gift for customers at $1 apiece. The goal is to plant 100,000 trees by July 29th 2010. These trees will absorb an average of 5 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
Mokugift trees are planted by farmers practicing environmentally sustainable forestry and agricultural methods in tropical zones in Central America, Africa and Asia. The plantings not only restock, with native trees, existing forests that have been depleted, but also contribute to more diverse, productive and economically sustainable land-use systems. Business can join the 1,000 Ways To Plant A Tree campaign today at Mokugift. Individuals can become fans of Mokugift on facebook to get updates on the newest ways to plant a tree.
An official partner of UNEP, Mokugift not only empowers corporations and individuals to participate in the Billion Tree Campaign, it also provides the tools to inspire others to participate. Tree planting is an easy first step towards more environmentally responsible choices, and Mokugift enables every company and individual concerned about climate change to make a difference and inspire others to do likewise. It is grass roots action like Growing City’s environmental programs that invigorate our planet and economy.
About Growing City
Growing City was founded in Vancouver in October 2009 and is quickly becoming a vital part of Vancouver’s thriving green business community by providing a solution to the composting challenges experienced by businesses and urban dwellers.
Co-founders Lisa von Sturmer and Andrew Sutherland have been friends since their high school years on Vancouver’s North Shore. Growing City combines their passion for urban sustainability, healthy living and community involvement. Besides running their burgeoning business, Andrew and Lisa speak at conferences, trade shows and community events.
Lisa and Andrew are proud to be part of the Green Advisory Board for the 1st annual Vancouver Eco Fashion Week, sitting alongside principles from WGSN (Worth Global Style Network) and the David Suzuki Foundation. They are also excited to be the faces of the Canadian Youth Foundation’s national promotional campaign with Fokus Media Internet Media Kiosks.
For more information go to http://www.growingcity.ca
About UNEP’s Billion Tree Campaign
Launched in November 2006 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the objective of encouraging the planting of at least one billion trees worldwide each year, “Plant for the Planet: The Billion Tree Campaign” is now recognized as one of the UN’s most successful environmental campaigns. To date, UNEP has tracked the planting of more than three billion trees in 166 countries. Now in its second stage, the campaign, which stresses the power of partnerships, has set a new goal of seven billion trees planted —roughly one tree for every living person on the planet. Every tree counts, and UNEP counts every tree.
For more information on the UNEP’s billion tree campaign, please visit http://www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign/
Mokugift’s mission is to foster environmental solidarity by making it easy and rewarding for anyone to fight climate change and by providing the tools to inspire others to do the same. An official partner of the United Nations Environment Programme's Billion Tree Campaign, Mokugift collaborates with award-winning nonprofit agroforestry organizations such as Trees For The Future and Sustainable Harvest International to plant trees in twelve countries: Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Burundi, Senegal, Zambia, India, the Philippines and Haiti. Using environmentally sustainable methods, farmers in these countries plant Mokugift trees to restock existing forests and enable more diverse, productive and economically sustainable land-use systems.
For more information on Mokugift, please visit http://www.Mokugift.com
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