TD Bank Champions the Environment with Commitment to Urban Forestry and Community Responsibility
TD employees root for the environment by planting more than 1,000 trees in 21 cities from Maine to Florida
CHERRY HILL, N.J., Sept. 22, 2014 –TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank today announced its fourth annual TD Tree Days tree planting events. More than 1,000 volunteers will plant nearly 1,100 trees in 21 locations from Maine to Florida. The plantings, which are supported by Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) and New York Restoration Project (NYRP), will take place throughout October.
As TD Economics points out in a recent report on the value of trees, urban forests play a much greater role than just beautifying the scenery. They also contribute health, environmental and recreational benefits, like improving air quality, mitigating the effects of climate change, and providing summer cooling for buildings as well as people. And, if looking at trees through the lens of an economist, they also contribute economic value to cities and homes.
“At TD Bank, we are committed to the environment and are passionate about expanding urban forests. Through TD Tree Days, we are able to provide the intrinsic benefits of trees to communities across the footprint. We are proud to work with ACTrees and NYRP to help make the communities where we live and work more environmentally friendly,” said Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank Group.
As a component of TD Forests, TD Tree Days is aimed at expanding urban forests in local communities where TD Bank Group operates, including the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
“ACTrees and our membership are proud to support TD Tree Days across the United States,” said Carrie Gallagher, Executive Director, Alliance for Community Trees. “These tree-planting events are a great way for volunteers to give back to their communities and make a direct impact on the livability of their neighborhood streets and parks.”
To date, thousands of volunteers have planted more than 135,000 trees through TD Tree Days.
“TD Bank’s commitment to planting trees, particularly in New York City, is a testament to the Bank’s profound understanding of the intimate connection between the urban forest and quality of life,” said Deborah Marton, NYRP Executive Director. “Our lives are inherently betterwe breathe better, we feel better, we’re better citizens, we even earn more, when there are more trees around us. NYRP is proud to partner with TD Bank.”
About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at approximately 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US #TDTreeDays.
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD”. To learn more, visit www.td.com.
About New York Restoration Project
Founded by Bette Midler in 1995, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. Unlike traditional conservancies that care for a specific place, NYRP is the only New York City conservancy that works citywide, bringing private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support. NYRP is also the leading private partner to the City of New York in MillionTreesNYC an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2015. To learn more, please visit www.nyrp.org.
About Alliance for Community Trees
Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees. Together, ACTrees membership have planted and cared for more than over 15 million trees with help from over 5 million volunteers. ACTrees also leads National NeighborWoods Month an annual campaign to plant and care for trees during the month of October. Learn more about ACTrees, its membership, and programs at www.ACTrees.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @alliance4trees.