This fall, Otonabee Conservation planted 78 native trees and shrubs at the Siemens Canada plant in Peterborough on September 30, 2020, in partnership with Tree Canada and Siemens Canada.
Employees from Siemens Canada in Peterborough and Otonabee Conservation will plant a variety of native species of trees and shrubs, including red oak, red maple, nannyberry, red osier dogwood, white cedar, and white pine, which will increase species diversity at the site and enhance habitat for local wildlife.
“Through our partnership with Siemens Canada, Tree Canada, and Otonabee Conservation, we have a wonderful opportunity to enhance the habitat around our facility in the City of Peterborough,” explains Connie Condon from Siemens Canada in Peterborough, “We are very pleased to be involved and appreciate the contributions of our partners and employees to make this project possible.”
The project was originally scheduled to be completed in April in celebration of Earth Day, but due to COVID-19 the event was postponed.
“We are excited to be working with community partners again to undertake stewardship projects like this. Although we had to postpone the event in spring, this is a reminder that, Every Day is Earth Day!” says Dan Marinigh, CAO/Secretary-Treasurer at Otonabee Conservation, “We are committed to creating a greener environment and planting trees is just one way we can locally adapt to climate change. Projects like this confirm our commitment to a healthier community, one tree at a time.”
“We take great pride in supporting this annual event, which engages the community and benefits the environment,” says Faisal Kazi, President and CEO, Siemens Canada. “With all safety protocols in place we’re pleased that we can continue this proud tradition with our employees and partners.”
Tree Canada is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to planting and nurturing trees in rural and urban environments. Since 1992, with their community partners and sponsors, they have planted more than 82 million trees. Nurturing urban and rural forestry not only sustains Canada’s proud heritage of biodiversity and natural beauty, but also creates a healthier, more sustainable environment for all.
“Tree Canada is pleased to have the opportunity to work with like-minded organizations such as Siemens Canada,” says Tree Canada CEO, Danielle St-Aubin, “Siemens is an example of a socially responsible organization that is truly making a positive environmental impact in the communities they work in.”
- Siemens Canada has partnered with Tree Canada to plant trees since 2012. Over the past eight years Siemens Canada has:
- planted 14,599 trees across Canada
- engaged 2,100 volunteers, who dedicated 4,200 volunteer hours
- contributed $444k to Tree Canada
- Last year, Siemens Canada was recognized by Tree Canada with the Eterne Award for the superior social responsibility, environmental stewardship through ongoing support of Tree Canada and its programs and efforts to publicize the relationship with Tree Canada to employees and communities.
- In total, nine Siemens locations will be participating in the tree planting events in September and early October. Approx. 300 volunteers will plant 1,100 trees from coast to coast, following provincial COVID-19 health regulations.
For further information, please contact:
Meredith Carter | Manager, Watershed Management Program | Otonabee Conservation
705-745-5791 ext. 223 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Heidbuechel | Communications Specialist | Siemens Canada
289-952-1600 | email@example.com
Carol Burnup | Manager, Communications and Marketing | Tree Canada
613-567-5545 ext. 230 | firstname.lastname@example.org