WASHINGTON & HERNDON, Va. & ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES) and Sterling Planet will celebrate and strengthen the organizations’ unique partnership today with an annual tree planting, held this year in Union Bridge, Md. A combined contribution of $132,000 will be presented to the CBF-directed Carbon Reduction Fund, with $88,000 donated by WGES and $44,000 by Sterling Planet. Since its launch in 2010, the partnership has provided the Carbon Reduction Fund more than $400,000 in total contributions.
This is the third annual tree planting event, comprising more than 170 volunteers, including staff from CBF, WGES and Sterling Planet. Traditionally held just before Earth Day, the event will benefit the local region in multiple ways. Planting 1,400 native trees and shrubs will restore more than 6,000 feet, or seven acres, of stream bank, preventing pollution and runoff into the Wolf Pit Branch stream, which ultimately flows into the Atlantic Ocean via the Chesapeake Bay. These trees will also improve air quality by reducing carbon emissions in the Chesapeake Bay region.