EARTH DAY TREE PLANTING

Nationwide Energy Partners with Branch out Columbus for earth day tree planting.

Members of Nationwide Energy Partners’ Energize Columbus organization spent Earth Day getting dirty with Branch Out Columbus. Twenty-five NEP employees traveled to Innis Park South in Westerville on Friday, April 22, to plant small trees within the floodplain of Alum Creek with about 100 other community volunteers.

NEP President Kit Hagen

NEP President Kit Hagen

Branch Out Columbus has a goal of planting 300,000 trees in Columbus by 2020. The Urban Tree Canopy Assessment report shows that Columbus is in dire need of new trees to recover from insect and severe weather damage from the past several years. Some areas of the city have less than 15% tree canopy cover and desperately need new plantings to make up for this loss.

Volunteers were provided tools to plant small saplings every 6 to 10 feet within a 2.6 acre area. In total, volunteers planted approximately 1,400 trees in the Alum Creek floodplain.

“It felt great to work together as a team to give back to the community and to nature,” said Jamie Maynard.

Started in 2013, Energize Columbus provides NEP employees with opportunities to give back to the Columbus community through volunteer programs, its partner schools, fundraising and other charitable contributions. The focus of Energize Columbus’ 2016 philanthropic efforts is green initiatives.

NEP’s Energize Columbus Volunteer Team

NEP’s Energize Columbus Volunteer Team

Karen McConkey

West Palm Beach, FL