Janitorial Company's Small Act Will Have Big Environmental Impact

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Vanguard Cleaning Systems of Louisville and Lexington has teamed up with Trees Louisville, donating a percentage of profits from paper sales to reforestation projects in Louisville.

Vanguard Cleaning Systems of Louisville and Lexington (Vanguard), a local leader in franchise based commercial janitorial services, has teamed up with Trees Louisville in an effort to attack the growing Heat Island effect in downtown Louisville. This past December, Vanguard donated 1% of the paper supplies purchased by its customers to Trees Louisville, directly funding the Rubbertown Corridor Initiative which aims to plant over 10,000 trees in the next 3 years.

What is an “Urban Heat Island”?
An Urban Heat Island is when a city is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas due to things like heat retention from asphalt as well as buildings and cars exuding heat.

Between 2005-2012 Louisville’s tree canopy depleted at a rate of roughly 54,000 trees a year. This depletion rate earned Louisville the unfortunate title of fastest warming city in the United States in 2012.

“Without a robust tree canopy,” said Cindi Sullivan, Executive Director/President of Trees Louisville, “our air quality is going to continue to decrease, stormwater and flooding from these extreme weather events is going to increase. There will be more health problems.”

Vanguard will be donating 1% of all paper sales in 2020 to Trees Louisville, helping plant hundreds of trees for the Rubbertown Corridor Initiative. Vanguard is grateful to have the ability to participate in a project of this magnitude with appreciation to its customers that help make this community support possible.

Formed on March 25, 2015; Trees Louisville is recognized as a community leader in achieving a more live-able and healthy community for Louisville’s current and future generations through a robust urban tree canopy. Their mission is to act as a catalyst for conserving and increasing the community tree canopy to achieve and maintain 45% overall canopy.

Fortitude Partners LLC dba Vanguard Cleaning Systems of Louisville and Lexington is a locally owned franchise system that was founded in Louisville in 2010. Its mission is to help businesses in the community by empowering local residents to own and operate their own commercial cleaning business. Vanguard Cleaning Systems of Louisville and Lexington franchisees currently provide janitorial services to over 250 facilities in the Louisville and Lexington metro areas.

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