HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WGL Energy, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and Sterling Planet celebrated Earth Day by planting more than 1,200 trees and shrubs at Springbrook Farm, a dairy farm in Frederick County, Md., on April 25th. During the partnership’s 5th Annual Earth Day Tree Planting, volunteers included WGL employees and their families, as well as customers of CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets from WGL Energy, including Northern Virginia Community College.
Held the weekend following Earth Day, the tree planting covers six acres of land alongside a stream in the Monocacy River Watershed to help restore forested streamside buffers. The restored area will prevent pollution and runoff into the Monocacy River, a tributary to the Potomac River which empties into the Atlantic Ocean via the Chesapeake Bay, and the trees will absorb carbon dioxide from the air.
“At WGL Energy, we are proud to partner with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Sterling Planet to help increase vegetation alongside the Monocacy River, and to limit pollution and runoff,” said WGL Energy’s Manager of Green Products. “As an entity of WGL, which provides energy answers to the region, WGL Energy continuously seeks new ways to support the communities in which we operate, and to find renewable and sustainable solutions for our customers. We appreciate the partnerships we’ve formed, and our employees and customers who have participated in this year’s tree planting.”
The annual Earth Day Tree Plantings are made possible by WGL Energy customers that choose to reduce their carbon footprint by matching locally certified CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets to their natural gas usage. A portion of the proceeds from all CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets purchased support the Carbon Reduction Fund, which is managed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and used to develop future clean air and water projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay Region.
“We are extremely grateful to WGL Energy, its conscientious customers, and to Sterling Planet. The funds help farmers afford conservation practices on their farms. That means cleaner rural streams. That’s good news for trout, other aquatic life, and for everyone downstream of those farms," said Rob Schnabel, Maryland restoration scientist at CBF who worked on the project. “We are proud of what we have accomplished through this innovative partnership.”
Since 2010, more than 13,000 trees have been planted and almost $700,000 has been contributed to the Carbon Reduction Fund through the partnership among WGL Energy, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Sterling Planet. To learn more about CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets and the Carbon Reduction Fund, visit http://www.wglenergy.com/offsets.
About WGL Energy
WGL Energy is an entity that delivers a full ecosystem of energy offerings including natural gas, electricity, green power, carbon reduction, distributed generation and energy efficiency provided by WGL Energy Services, Inc. (formerly Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc.) and WGL Energy Systems, Inc. (formerly Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc.). To learn more about Carbon Offsets from WGL Energy visit http://www.wglenergy.com/commercialoffsets or call 703.793.7533.
WGL (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities in 22 states, our operating units consist of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides options for natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask Us.
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About The Chesapeake Bay Foundation
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the only independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Across the six-state Chesapeake watershed, CBF sets the agenda, serves as a watchdog, and speaks out on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay to business, government, and the public. For more information, visit www.cbf.org.