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TD Bank Protects Forests in Sustainability Missions
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TD Bank Protects Forests in Sustainability Missions

td bankWith local outposts in the Philadelphia area, TD Bank is helping to improve our quality of life with trees.

TD Bank’s missions include TD Tree Days and Green Streets, increasing urban forests and green spaces.

TD Tree Days

Partnering with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the US, they’ve protected 1846 acres (1420 football fields!) of trees and helped with tree planting. Launched in 2010, Tree Days will plant over 45,000 trees with volunteers in over 165 communities.

You can volunteer during the TD Tree Days too. Local sites include Liney Ditch Park in Camden, Veterans Field & Westmont Playground in Collingdale, PA and Dupont Environmental Education Center in Wilmington, DE.

TD Forests

After they plant the trees, TD makes sure to follow up with the flip side of conservation: TD Forests aims to protect forests across North America. Forests capture solar energy, create oxygen, provide essentials to birds, fish & wildlife and temper the effects of global warming.

The forests are protected permanently by conservation groups with monitoring and documenting.

TD Green Streets

Even in the city (as we in Philly are well-aware!), urban canopies sequester air pollutants, conserve energy with cooling & shade, and increase property value. It’s been proven that trees in urban settings also help with psychological well-being and improve aesthetics.  That’s why TD Forests is also increasing the numbers of urban trees, raising benefits of the forest ecosystems.

TD Bank has also partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to launch TD Green Streets, a new grant program to support forestry with innovative practices. There’s 10 $20,000 grants that help low-to-moderate-income neighborhoods, which include 2013 recipients Wilmington, DE, Cheltenham Township, PA & Newark NJ.

Green Streets uses innovative planting techniques to increase trees, shrubs & plants as an integrated part of urban design.

Why does TD Bank sponsor forests?

td bank nature conservancy treesBanks tend to use a lot of paper in business operations and while working with customers – which is why TD bank is focusing on trees and forests in its philanthropic missions. They work with sustainably managed forests and use recycled content where possible, but want to emphasize responsible paper use. The amount of forests they protect is equivalent to the amount of paper they use.

Plus, they polled their customers to see which natural areas needed protection, and 90% of respondents named forests.

 

Readers, have you participated in any of these tree programs? What do you think about TD Bank’s efforts?

 

Photos: Simon Wilson

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

3 thoughts on “TD Bank Protects Forests in Sustainability Missions

  1. Thanks for pointing this out. I had to admit that I was unaware of the Keystone XL pipeline involvement and am very disappointed to hear about it. Unfortunately many companies try to cover up their enviro-sins with a few good deeds.

    It’s hard to know which companies to trust and be a completely informed consumer. How would you suggest researching companies better?

  2. Honestly, I don’t have a good answer to that question. I happened to have already read about Keystone XL just before you posted your article, which is the only reason I was able to point it out. Other than, “read, read, read,” I don’t have an active plan for finding this kind of information for specific organizations. It’s kind of a thorny problem when environmental groups and corporations are put into adversary positions. Both sides become somewhat shrill and disingenuous, and it becomes very difficult to judge anybody’s statements at face value.

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