The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest conservation organization, will team up with Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County on Sept. 22 at 12:30 p.m. to support the PGA of America with a tree-planting event.
The goal of the event is to plant enough trees and shrubs to offset the PGA of America’s paper consumption over the course of the five-day 39th Ryder Cup golf tournament at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. Volunteers from the three sponsoring organizations, as well as The Boys and Girls Club, will plant a diversity of 50 native trees and shrubs in nearby Busse Woods Forest Preserve. Busse Woods is a U.S. National Natural Landmark and is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, which receives some 40 million visitors annually.
Replanting a variety of native trees and shrubs at Busse Woods will promote forest diversity, reduce the negative effects of ash tree loss from the Emerald Ash Borer, and will enhance clean air and water benefits that people depend upon. The trees will also prevent soil erosion by reducing storm water runoff and provide food and cover for a variety of wildlife. Just one acre of trees produces enough oxygen to satisfy the needs of 18 people and removes up to 26 tons of carbon per year.
“The Nature Conservancy provides local and global sustainable solutions to companies like Lexmark and they, in turn, are invested in creating a model of giving back to the earth,” said Terry Cook, The Nature Conservancy’s state director in Kentucky. “Working with PGA to aid in reducing their carbon footprint at this major event is a great example of reaching goals set by our partnerships.”
Lexmark is a founding member of The Nature Conservancy’s Corporate Sustainability Council in Kentucky. The imaging, software and solutions company is headquartered in Lexington, and earlier this year, Lexmark replanted 6,000 trees in a local nature preserve to offset the paper it used to test a new printer.
“The PGA of America is pleased to be involved with such a worthy event that helps to give back to the local communities where we conduct such prestigious events as the Ryder Cup,” said Allen Wronowski, President of The PGA of America. “With the support of Lexmark International, a tremendous PGA partner, and The Nature Conservancy, we are able to contribute to the many positive environmental initiatives taking place throughout Chicagoland.”
“Lexmark is focused on sustainability and shrinking environmental impacts – whether it is through 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.”
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.