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Arbor Day Foundation: Planting Trees and Inspiration
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The Arbor Day Foundation’s mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners.

The impact the Arbor Day Foundation makes on our world is accomplished through our conservation and education programs.

We have a long and storied history of delivering trees to individuals who plant them in their yards, on their acreages, at schools, and in their neighborhoods, enriching America’s communities and countryside. Over the last 43 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has delivered more than 200 million trees to millions of members, supporters, and avid tree planters in every state across America.

Each year, the millions of trees distributed by the Arbor Day Foundation take root and thrive as a living reminder that we can each make our future more certain by performing the simple act of planting a tree.

UPS and Arbor Day Foundation have a strong relationship dating back to 2008. UPS has supported critical tree planting projects in forests in an effort to help counter carbon that is released into the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned.

As a result, the support of UPS has made possible the planting of more than 400,000 trees in our forests across the country and around the world such as Plumas National Forest in California, Seminole State Forest in Florida, and the Boreal Forest in Canada.

For the past few years, UPS employees have rolled up their sleeves to join Arbor Day Foundation in helping to preserve the Earth’s forests, contributing to a healthier global environment for this and future generations to enjoy.

The trees planted by UPS will help sequester atmospheric carbon, restore forest lands to their once majestic glory or enrich neighborhood landscapes, restore wildlife habitat, stabilize soils to reduce pollution and yield clean water, and enhance recreation opportunities. On behalf of our one million members and our team, we thank UPS for your generous support and look forward to many more years working together.

Dan Lambe Arbor Day Foundation

 

 

 

 

Dan Lambe is President of the Arbor Day Foundation

Visit the Arbor Day Foundation Dynamic Map to see where UPS has planted trees around the world: www.arborday.org/ups

Learn more about UPS’s sustainability efforts at ups.com/sustainability.

The Nature Conservancy on Forest Conservation Around the World
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As the director of the forest health program at The Nature Conservancy, I have the privilege of leading work I love and work that makes a difference in the world. As an ecologist I have an understanding of the importance of nature and its many benefits to people and communities.

For 30 years The Nature Conservancy and UPS have worked together to advance forest conservation projects. To date, The UPS Foundation – the company’s philanthropic arm – has provided over $4 million for Conservancy projects.

The mission of the Nature Conservancy is simple: to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. Advancing our mission – in all 50 U.S. states and 35 countries – requires many partnerships. We work with companies large and small to help change business practices and policies, raise awareness of conservation issues, and raise funds to support important new science and conservation projects. Read More »

Veterans Give a ‘Competitive Edge’ to UPS
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The following post was written by Steve B. Brooks and originally appeared on The American Legion website.

United Parcel Service, better known to the world as UPS, has 24,000 veterans on its payroll and has a goal of hiring thousands more. Hundreds of its stores are run by veterans.

But Myron Gray, vice president of U.S. Operations for the shipping giant, told delegates to the 96th Annual American Legion National Convention on Aug. 28 that his company’s hiring practices aren’t driven solely by a sense of obligation. Read More »

UPS Pioneers New Global Sustainability Reporting Framework
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By Patrick Browne and Joe Monfort

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the most widely used sustainability reporting framework in the world, issued its fourth generation of guidelines in May 2013.  These new guidelines (called “G4”) are the most significant update to the reporting framework since 2006.  They emphasize identifying the most material sustainability issues for your organization and articulating how your organization manages these issues. Read More »

Three Perspectives on GRI G4 from One of the First US “Comprehensive” Reporters
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– By Patrick Browne and Joe Monfort

Shortly after our 2012 sustainability report was published in July 2013, the UPS sustainability report team gathered to debrief and plan for the following year.  High fives were administered, too much sugar was consumed, and when it was all said and done, a questionable decision was made.  With the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) “G4” guidelines hot off the press, we resolved to make every attempt to migrate directly to the most rigorous option available under the new framework, “In Accordance-Comprehensive.”  The results of that 10 month effort will be published on July 30th, 2014. Read More »

3D Printing is the Prize for Middle School Design Class Contest
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Remember the excitement of being in school and taking a field trip? Not only do you get to get out of school, but it often creates a lifelong memory.

 A San Diego middle school teacher, Mr. Matt Davis, recently provided his students with a field into the future of technology. Mr. Davis teaches an elective class in CAD, computer aided drafting where students learn to create and design structures and objects through a computer program. He held a contest in his class where students competed to have their 3D design printed. The students used SketchUp, 3D modeling software that’s easy to learn and incredibly fun to use, to create their entries. The UPS Store, the first national retailer to offer 3D print services in-store, offered to 3D print the winning student’s design for the class.  Read More »

A ‘Mentor Match’ Made in Heaven
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For 82-year-old small business owner Newt Malerman, finding his mentor was a serendipitous event. Over the course of his life, Newt had shifted career paths six or seven times without much hesitation. But when faced with a business venture that led him into unchartered waters, he began drowning in his own fear and self-doubt. A mentor came to his rescue and offered him a lifeline.

While Newt had a history of owning small businesses, most of them had been within his comfort zone. His first love was art. He attended art school and after graduation, followed a natural progression. Newt became an artist, an art teacher and eventually, transitioned to become president of a graphic arts/embroidery business. When the business transferred overseas and he lost his job, Newt returned to his first love, opening an art gallery with his wife and fellow artist. Read More »

UPS Sustainability Report Cites “More of What Matters”
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The theme of a Sustainability Report says a lot of about a company. It offers a clue about how the company positions sustainability externally and internally. It also signals how the company wants you, the reader, to review the contents.

Each autumn, the UPS sustainability report team extensively discusses the year’s strengths and weaknesses and begins to evaluate how that year is different from previous ones. How has the company’s sustainability program and commitments evolved? What are the gaps that were addressed? What is going on the marketplace that could affect the way our sustainability report contents will be judged?

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Arbor Allies
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Tree-lined communities enjoy profound environmental and community benefits, including lower energy bills, cleaner air and water, increased property values, neighborhood beauty and civic pride. Partners like UPS are crucial to the Arbor Day Foundation’s effort to maintain urban forests and fulfill our mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

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Why Teen Safe Driving Matters to a UPS Retiree
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Each of us wants to fit in. We have a desire to be involved, to contribute, to make a difference.

Being a UPS Road Code facilitator has provided all of that and more. I enjoy sharing the training I taught to the new UPS drivers with the teens – it provides a valuable lesson for them before they get their driver’s license. When I see the students’ confidence build through the class and when they proudly accept their certificate of completion for the course, I’m proud to know I’m making a difference.

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