Forests Ontario welcomes Enbridge Gas Distribution as a major supporter of Ontario’s Green Leaf Challenge. The Green Leaf Challenge is an initiative launched in partnership by Forests Ontario and the Government of Ontario in celebration of Ontario150. In 2017, Ontarians are invited to celebrate this milestone year by planting and counting three million trees.
Throughout the months of April and May, Enbridge supported and participated in four community tree planting events in Ajax, Niagara Falls, Mount Albert and Pelham. Events brought together hundreds of volunteers to plant more than 1,000 trees in public spaces.
These trees will count towards the Green Leaf Challenge’s ultimate goal of 3 million trees. “Enbridge has supported Forests Ontario’s tree planting programs for several years,” says Malini Giridhar, vice president of market development and public affairs at Enbridge Gas Distribution. “Investments in healthy natural ecosystems help us reduce our carbon footprint and complement energy conservation and innovative technologies in ensuring a better future for our children.”
“The Green Leaf Challenge was launched to invite all Ontarians to take part in securing a future of healthy ecosystems for future generations,” says Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario. “The involvement of Enbridge in this initiative not only brings us closer to our goal of planting and counting three million trees, but also brings people together to make their communities greener.”
Plantings were led by Forests Ontario’s planting partners in each region, who carried out pre-planting site assessments and selected appropriate species for meeting ecological objectives such as enhanced wildlife habitat, naturalization, and increased tree canopy.
The Green Leaf Challenge will have a significant impact on Ontario’s air quality by adding new forest cover that will remove approximately 6.6 million tonnes of carbon from our atmosphere by 2050. Ontarians can participate by visiting greenleafchallenge.ca and adding trees they plant across the province in 2017 to the online tree counter.
Enbridge has also supported Forests Ontario’s national planting program Forest Recovery Canada.