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LeasePlan USA And American Forests Introduce Alternative Way to 'Go Green'.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- U.S. companies with corporate vehicles now have a new, alternative method to operate an eco-friendly company car program. LeasePlan USA, an innovative leader in vehicle leasing and fleet management solutions, in conjunction with American Forests, a world leader in planting trees for environmental restoration, today announces GreenPlan(SM), a carbon neutralization program that allows companies to counterattack carbon emissions from their corporate fleet vehicles through tree planting.

"GreenPlan is an alternative method that corporations can easily and effectively implement to create a more eco-friendly company car program," said Bryan Calloway, senior vice president of marketing and business development for LeasePlan USA. "We are proud to bring this program to the U.S., which encourages companies to not only offset the carbon produced by their vehicles but also engage their employees in the process, creating an extended impact to the overall goal of reducing carbon emissions."

The introduction of GreenPlan in the U.S. is the next phase in a global commitment to raise awareness of carbon neutralization. LeasePlan USA joins other LeasePlan Corporation subsidiaries, including Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, in promoting greener options for operating company cars and trucks. LeasePlan USA has kicked off their program by carbon neutralizing its own fleet of vehicles.

"American Forests is pleased to partner with LeasePlan on this program," said Deborah Gangloff, executive director of American Forests. "Through their contribution, corporations supporting GreenPlan give back to their communities and to the nation by helping to create a cleaner environment for generations to come."

Recent studies show, 1.7 billion tons of carbon are produced annually to fuel vehicles in the United States. Carbon dioxide accounts for approximately 85 percent of all greenhouse gases. Through GreenPlan, companies can carbon neutralize their fleet vehicles by replacing the CO2 they are emitting with oxygen using trees.

For more information on GreenPlan, please visit www.GoGreenPlan.com.

About LeasePlan USA

LeasePlan USA, a subsidiary of LeasePlan Corp. N.V., is a global leader in vehicle leasing and fleet management solutions. The company, which manages more than 1.25 million vehicles worldwide, offers clients customized plans for total fleet cost reduction through its technologically advanced products and dedication to customer service.

About American Forests

American Forests helps people improve the environment with trees and forests. It is a world leader in tree planting for environmental restoration, a pioneer in advancing the science and practice of urban forestry and a primary communicator of the benefits of trees and forests. American Forests helps people identify, recognize and preserve their special trees, and our community- based initiatives help people plan and implement local actions to restore and maintain healthy ecosystems and communities. American Forests is on the World Wide Web at www.americanforests.org.
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