(Washington, D.C.) April 19, 2013– As a major corporate partner since 1999, The UPS Foundation has advanced the reach and positive impact of a wide range of National Park Foundation campaigns and programs, including tree planting at the new Flight 93 National Memorial, the Parks Climate Challenge program, and the African American Experience Fund. Over the past 14 years, The UPS Foundation’s support of America’s national parks has totaled more than $1.5 million.
“Thanks to generous partners like The UPS Foundation, we are able to make an invaluable positive impact through the work of the Foundation to help protect and enrich our national parks,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “It is these enduring partnerships, built through shared purpose and mission, that serve as a powerful model of what private support can do for our nation’s treasured places. We are grateful for The UPS Foundation’s continued support and look forward to all that we will accomplish together in the next ten years.”
Major grants from The UPS Foundation over the last two years have helped fund Plant a Tree at Flight 93, a comprehensive tree planting initiative and environmental stewardship, at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This memorial stands as the only unit of the National Park Service dedicated to the events of 9/11, honoring the 40 brave heroes of United Flight 93 and offering a place of learning and understanding about the events of September 11, 2001.
Plant a Tree at Flight 93 will eventually result in 150,000 new trees at the Flight 93 National Memorial, a reclaimed coal mining site. Supporting this project, both financially and with employee volunteer support, directly correlates with The UPS Foundation’s Global Forestry Initiative and its overarching goal to plant one million trees around the world by the end of 2013. UPS’s sustainability efforts are keenly focused on carbon emissions reduction. In 2012, UPS employees volunteered 1.8 million hours toward this and other efforts.
“UPS shares the National Park Foundation’s passion for preserving and protecting the environment,” said Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation. “We are always looking for ways to help build safer, more sustainable communities. To that end, last year, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $97.5 million in charitable giving around the world.”
Support from The UPS Foundation grants enabled the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service to advance the timetable for tree planting and begin nearly three years earlier than planned. Additionally, The UPS Foundation’s grants provided a powerful incentive to encourage new partners to join the project.
“The Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign is proud to be included in The UPS Foundation’s Global Forestry Initiative,” said King Laughlin, Vice President for the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign at the National Park Foundation. “We celebrate this long-term partnership with The UPS Foundation.”
The UPS Foundation’s current grant will allow for the planting of approximately 35,000 trees at the Flight 93 National Memorial this year. Plant a Tree at Flight 93 will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on April 19-20 and April 26-27, to coincide with National Park Week 2013. For more information visit www.nps.gov/flni. Tree planting will continue at the Flight 93 National Memorial for the next five to ten years.
In 2010, generous funding from The UPS Foundation made it possible for the National Park Foundation to develop a model climate change education program in concert with the National Park Service. Parks Climate Challenge trains teachers to educate their students about climate change using national parks as classrooms. This grant also funded the development of an information-rich companion online website for all educators interested in advancing climate change literacy. Earlier grants provided support for several other National Park Foundation environmental education programs.
With the backing of the The UPS Foundation in 2009, the African American Experience Fund was able to produce an Electronic Field Trip to Fort Davis National Historic Site in Texas to tell the story of the Buffalo soldiers. Electronic Field Trips give students the opportunity to learn about a particular topic through national parks they may never get a chance to visit.
For more information about supporting important programs and campaigns that aid and enrich our national parks, visit www.nationalparks.org.
ABOUT THE UPS FOUNDATION
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011, is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2012, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $97.5 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
ABOUT THE FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL
On September 24, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Flight 93 National Memorial Act. The Act created a new national park unit to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. The memorial is near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew. For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit www.nps.gov/flni. For information on how to make a donation and help build the memorial, go to www.honorflight93.org.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America’s more than 400 national parks and their programs. Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts, establishing national parks as powerful learning environments, and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience, enjoy and support America’s treasured places. www.nationalparks.org.