MISSISSAUGA, Ont.–The UPS Foundation announced it will award more than $3.3 million (CAD) in grants to nonprofit organizations focused on environmental sustainability initiatives. This includes a significant grant to 25 year partner, The Nature Conservancy, a global organization that works to preserve ecologically important land and water resources through conservation. Other grants will support programs that advance environmental research and education, carbon reduction and energy conservation.
The Nature Conservancy grant includes a partnership extension for UPS’s Global Forestry Initiative, a program designed to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and rural areas and forests worldwide. The grant will enable The Nature Conservancy to continue reforestation efforts for at-risk or eroded ecosystems throughout the U.S., Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico and Tanzania.
The UPS Global Forestry Initiative has also marked the expansion of UPS’s collaboration efforts with environmentally-focused non-profit partners such as Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). CVC is a community-based environmental organization, dedicated to protecting, restoring and managing the natural resources of the Credit River watershed.
The partnership between UPS and CVC was formed in 2011 with the goal of having its employees, their family and friends volunteer in environmentally friendly activities such as CVC’s tree planting events. This year, The UPS Foundation has awarded a $130,000 grant to CVC, through the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation, bringing the total contribution to more than $255,000. The grant will help support environmental programs and forestry-focused initiatives throughout Canada.
“UPS values environmental sustainability and it is one of the four focus areas of The UPS Foundation,” said Christoph Atz, president, UPS Canada. “We’re proud to expand our financial support of Credit Valley Conservation and commend our employees who continue to volunteer their time toward community initiatives.”
Since 2011, UPS employees in Canada planted more than 5,500 trees. In addition, UPS employees, their families and friends have logged more than 345,000 volunteer hours to various organizations.
Globally, The UPS Foundation has planted more than 1.8 million trees in 2016 and more than seven million trees since 2012. The UPS Foundation has a goal to fund the planting of 15 million trees by the end of 2020.