Taking Care of Mother Earth

Left to right: Brandon McCreery, surveyor; Stacy Kuntz, advanced business analyst; Aurel Miu, supervisor, Engineering Services; Phil Schuchter, senior consulting engineer; Dave Frederick, director, Environmental; Shelly Frederick (Dave's wife); Margaret Wood, executive assistant, leadership; Amy Hopkins, consultant, Regional External Affairs; and Dan DeVille, manager, Regional External Affairs, at Furnace Run Park.

May 27, 2021

Sprucing up outdoor areas, cleaning parks and, of course, planting trees – are just a few ways our employees celebrated Earth Day and Arbor Day. As we planned to plant 10,000 trees from April 22-30, we shattered our goal – planting more than 13,000 trees throughout our service territory!

Led by FirstEnergy’s Green Teams, the tree-planting program is one of several projects that employee groups participated in to help nearby communities. Our 10 Green Teams are comprised of employees across the company who volunteer their time and talents to support a wide variety of environmental initiatives. They work in partnership with state park systems, watershed and recycling groups, garden clubs, schools and other environmentally focused organizations to support our efforts to reduce FirstEnergy’s carbon footprint, promote responsible use of natural resources and advance sustainable practices. Here are a few examples of our Earth Day and Arbor Day activities.

Eight Ohio Edison employees planted 150 trees in Furnace Run Park, part of Summit County Metro Parks, in Richfield, Ohio. The trees included sugar maple, white oak, red mulberry, hazelnut, sassafras, hickory and hackberry. Grateful for our employees’ volunteerism, the Metro Parks staff gave each volunteer a “100 Years Metro Parks” commemorative mug and a free persimmon tree sapling.

Ohio Edison volunteers hard at work at Furnace Run.