From the Ground Up program announces successful 2012 applicants
MONTREAL, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - CN today announced the successful
candidates for its 2012 From the Ground Up program. Of the 72
applications received in this, the program's inaugural year, 25
communities were selected to receive grants of up to $25,000 each. The
program's objective is to promote the greening of municipal properties
across Canada, especially areas in close proximity to rail lines. CN
EcoConnexions, with its partners Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom,
will help Canadian municipalities establish tree planting initiatives
in a sustainable, environmentally responsible manner.
"CN's comprehensive sustainability agenda goes beyond making our own
operations as fuel efficient and environmentally friendly as possible.
We also aim to support sustainability initiatives in the communities we
serve," said Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer of
CN. "The From the Ground Up program is an important part of this
effort, and we are thrilled with the community response. The program
received high-quality submissions from large and small communities
across Canada. We were so impressed with the submissions that we
decided to triple the funding for this year's program."
CN had originally set aside $150,000 to fund this community tree
planting program this year. Given the overwhelming response, the
funding was increased to just over $500,000 to be distributed amongst
the top 25 applicants.
Successful candidates were chosen on the basis of rigourous selection
criteria designed and overseen by CN's program partners, Tree Canada
and Communities in Bloom. The two organizations rated each application
on those criteria and presented a ranked list of programs to CN. CN
then selected final candidates from the top-ranked communities.
"CN recognizes the difficult choices our partners had to make, from so
many deserving applications," said Mongeau. "We thank them for their
wise counsel and for the excellent job they did in reaching out to
Canadian communities to attract such a large number of applications."
Tree planting will begin in the fall in each of the selected
communities. The work will be guided and supported by Communities in
Bloom and Tree Canada to ensure the long-term viability of each
"Communities in Bloom is looking forward to working with the communities
to help them achieve our common goal of enhancing their green spaces
for the betterment of our environment" said Raymond Carrière, Founding
President of Communities in Bloom. "These CN From the Ground Up
projects will be another demonstration of the social, environmental and
economical benefits of green spaces."
The CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program is now accepting
applications for spring 2013 community tree plantings. The goal is to
extend plantings to more locations across Canada, again with the
assistance of the program partners.
"CN has led the way in connecting Canadians for close to a century,"
says Tree Canada President Michael Rosen. "Through opportunities like
From the Ground Up, CN is helping municipalities and First Nations
communities improve our national landscape for future generations to
enjoy. Tree Canada is honoured to be a part of this fantastic
CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway
subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and
Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver,
Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala.,
and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit,
Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul,
Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North
America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.
About Tree Canada
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to
encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural
environments. Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government
agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening
of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the
benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, more than 77
million trees have been planted, 450 schoolyards have been greened, and
Tree Canada has helped organize nine national urban forest conferences.
More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.
About Communities in Bloom
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to
fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification
through community involvement and the challenge of a national program,
with focus on the promotion and value of green spaces. The pride,
sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through
participation are visible in communities across Canada. For more
information about Communities in Bloom, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca.
CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up 2012 Successful Applicants
Click here to view a description of each project
Village of Burns Lake, BC
Township of Langley, B.C.
City of Surrey, B.C.
City of Terrace, B.C.
City of Grande Prairie & Grande Prairie Arbor Day Society, Alta.
Town of Hinton, Alta.
Municipality of Jasper, Alta.
Trochu Communities in Bloom, Alta.
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alta.
Town of Humboldt, Sask.
City of Melfort, Sask.
Town of Unity, Sask.
Rural Municipality of Cartier, Man.
City of Dauphin, Man.
West Souris River Conservation District, Man.
Town of Greater Napanee, Ont.
Township of Huron‐Kinloss, Ont.
Town of Oakville, Ont.
ReForest London, Ont.
City of St. Catharines, Ont.
Éco‐quartier du Sud‐Ouest, Montréal, Que.
Ville de Pohénégamook, Que.
Ville de Saint‐Jean‐sur‐Richelieu, Que.
Elmsdale Beautification Society, N.S.
For further information:
Communication Officer, Eastern Region
For Tree Canada
Dir., Comm. & Event planning
(613) 567-5545, ext.224
For Communities in Bloom
Marketing and Communications