Into the woods.
The Keene, N.H.-based wholesaler says its grant will help plant more than 10,700 trees to offset the annual C[O.sub.2] emissions associated with the electricity and propane use at five facilities for 2011, including its two corporate headquarters buildings. The donation also offsets the emissions associated with the annual roundtrip employee commutes for all five facilities.
The Conservation Fund will plant the trees across 35 acres at Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana that will trap an estimated I 1,680 MTC[O.sub.2]E as they mature. MTC[O.sub.2]E is short for Metric Ton of C[O.sub.2] (Carbon Dioxide) Equivalents, the standard measurement for carbon equivalent emissions. Go Zero sponsors, including C&S, are returning the refuge to its natural floodplain in an effort to sustain wildlife including deer, turkey, bald eagle, Louisiana black bear and more than 265 species of migratory birds.
Since its first grant, C&S has supported the planting of approximately 35,700 trees and the restoration of 118 acres on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"There is no question that 35,700 trees is a lot of trees," says Gina Goff, senior director of community involvement at C&S Wholesale Grocers. "By partnering with The Conservation Fund and supporting Go Zero, we're making a difference for the environment in a lasting and straightforward way. If other companies, especially those in the food industry, are inspired by our example, we would be especially proud."