Taking Care of Mother Earth
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.