BGE Joins Hogan Lovells to Plant Trees through the Baltimore Tree Trust’s “Trees for Public
Health” Initiative at McElderry Park
More than 30 volunteers from both companies teamed up today to plant trees on barren streets throughout southeast Baltimore
Baltimore Tree Trust also received a $10,000 grant through the BGE Green Grants program which helps to support this initiative
BALTIMORE (Oct. 18, 2013) – In support of environmental stewardship and in an effort to improve air quality and make a positive impact on the environment while reducing carbon footprints throughout central Maryland, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) teamed up today with Hogan Lovells and the Baltimore Tree Trust to plant 25 trees on barren streets throughout McElderry Park, located in southeast Baltimore City.
Recently, Baltimore Tree Trust was awarded a $10,000 grant through the BGE Green Grants program in support of its efforts, including the “Trees for Public Health” initiative that today’s project supports. This initiative, which kicked off in 2012, has a goal of planting 800 trees by the end of 2013, through the support of volunteers from companies such as BGE and Hogan Lovells.
In addition to supporting efforts to improve the air quality and the environment in southeast Baltimore City, this program also provides the added benefits of neighborhood beautification.
“BGE and its employees are committed to protecting the environment and improving the quality of life for our customers in the communities we serve throughout central Maryland,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs for BGE. “BGE’s continuous efforts support the balance of safe and reliable service with the aesthetic and environmental concerns of our customers. BGE regularly engages in community activities that promote environmental stewardship and we are proud to support Baltimore Tree Trust with not just philanthropic dollars, but also with the hard-work and sweat of our employee volunteers.”
Since its founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of education, economic development, environment and arts and culture.
In addition, through BGE’s employee volunteer network, “Energy for the Community,” employees lend their time and passion to our corporate citizenship activities. Last year, BGE employees, friends and family spent more than 18,000 hours volunteering with more than 160 different community organizations.
BGE’s corporate citizenship aligns with that of its parent company, Exelon Corporation. As part of Exelon’s merger in March 2012, Exelon and its subsidiaries have committed to maintain charitable giving of an average of $7 million per year in Maryland, including BGE’s service area, for the next 10 years. BGE’s more than $400,000 commitment to the BGE Green Grants program fulfills part of that commitment.
Good citizenship is one of Hogan Lovells’ core values. Through its Community Investment initiative, which includes a dedicated commitment to the environment, it is able to build long-standing relationships with local communities through continued work on sustainability and reduced environmental impact.
For more information or to view photos from the event, visit BGE’s Flickr site at www.flickr.com/MyBGE.