There’s a dire need for trees – and the Phillies, ARAMARK, and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society are teaming up to do something about it.
Earlier today “Phillies Home Run for Trees” was announced at Citizens Bank Park, a season-long program aimed at helping to restore the region’s depleted tree coverage. The initiative is part of PHS’ Plant One Million, an ambitious multi-state tree-planting campaign encompassing 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey and Delaware.
In addition to educating fans about the need for trees and canopy restoration, the new program will increase the trees planted in the Greater Philadelphia area. For each home run hit by a Phillies player this season, PHS and its partners will plant a tree in locations such as local parks, urban settings and watershed areas.
“This new partnership is a big win for the region,” said Drew Becher, President, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. “With every homer hit by the Phils, the landscape will get a little greener and our air and water a little cleaner. This tree-planting effort will have a major league impact on our environment.”
The Phillies and ARAMARK’s participation in the project aligns with its award-winning “Red Goes Green” program, which emphasizes the team’s leading role in environmental responsibility.
“We are proud to join our long-time partner ARAMARK and support PHS’ efforts to create a greener Greater Philadelphia region,” said David Montgomery, President, The Phillies.
The tree plantings are being made possible through the generous sponsorship of ARAMARK. ARAMARK partners with PHS to create memorable dining experiences for the annual Philadelphia International Flower Show and serves as Citizens Bank Park’s exclusive food and beverage partner.
”As a longtime partner of the Phillies and PHS, we are proud to join with them to support this tree-planting effort,” said Marc Bruno, President, ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment. “This project exemplifies our commitment to extending our partnership beyond the playing field and flower show floor to giving back to the community and environment, both of which mean a great deal to us.”
For more information on the program, or to learn how to help plant trees in the area, please visit www.phillies.com/redgoesgreen