Partnering for Trees in Louisville
The Nature Conservancy, Lexmark and the PGA of America are teaming up to plant trees in Kentucky's largest city.
Louisville, Kentucky | May 12, 2014
The Nature Conservancy, Lexmark and the PGA of America are planting more than 1,000 trees and spreading native wildflower seed in the Distillery Bend area of The Parklands of Floyds Fork on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. The project serves as the fourth collaborative effort between the partners as a result of the PGA of America’s commitment to benefit communities hosting its Championships. This year, the 96th PGA Championship takes place at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, August 4-10.
The partners also gathered in early April as part of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s GiveADay Week to advance efforts by Louisville Grows to purchase and plant trees to benefit urban schools. Planting trees at the city’s public schools increases the collective tree canopy which has previously been identified as a reason for Louisville earning the distinction of being the second hottest city in America.
“The timing for this event couldn’t be better since The Nature Conservancy recently opened an office in Louisville to have a presence in the same place where more than half of our members and corporate donors reside,” said Cadell Walker, the Conservancy’s Director of Philanthropy. “These Louisville-based events provide us an opportunity to get off to a great start, meeting our local members who support our conservation work around the state.”
Lexmark, an imaging, software and solutions company headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, is the official Printing Technology Provider for the PGA of America and a founding member of The Nature Conservancy’s Corporate Sustainability Council in Kentucky.
“Lexmark is focused on sustainability and reducing environmental impacts – whether it is through our Laser Cartridge Collection Program, taking paper out of customers’ printer fleets through managed print service programs or helping in local events such as a tree planting,” said Marty Canning, Lexmark Executive Vice President and President of Imaging Solutions and Services. “This program with the PGA of America and The Nature Conservancy is a showcase in how organizations can come together and positively impact the communities in which we all live, work and play.”
Once implemented as a symbolic effort to offset printing required each year during the by the PGA Championship, tree planting events organized by The Nature Conservancy, Lexmark and the PGA of America have grown to have a much farther reach due to the important services provided by trees in the way of clean air, habitat, recreation and shade.
“The PGA of America is pleased to continue to partner with The Nature Conservancy and Lexmark on these worthy initiatives that leave a positive, lasting impression on communities where we conduct our major championships,” said Brett Sterba, Championship Director, 2014 PGA Championship. “With the PGA owning Valhalla Golf Club, our roots in the Louisville community run deep and our ongoing commitment to this community is one for which we are very proud.”
People interested in volunteering should arrive at the Distillery Bend in The Parklands of Floyds Fork on Tuesday, May 13th at 12:30pm for opening remarks and planting instructions. Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels, gloves and to wear rubber shoes/waterproof boots and old clothes if possible.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at www.nature.org. To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit www.nature.org/global. To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.