ELMSDALE, NS. November 23, 2012 – Local residents and dignitaries (MLA John MacDonnell, Warden Jim Smith, members of Council, CN, and TC representatives) gathered today in Elmsdale to inaugurate the CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up tree-planting program being launched in the village. The Putting the Elms back in Elmsdale project is one of 25 community tree programs across Canada being sponsored by CN’s innovative sustainability program, designed to promote urban green spaces in communities along CN’s network.
“CN’s comprehensive sustainability agenda goes beyond making our own operations as fuel efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. We also aim to support sustainability initiatives in the communities we serve,” said Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer of CN. “The From the Ground Up program is an important part of this effort, and we are thrilled with the community response. The program received high-quality submissions from large and small communities across Canada.
The Putting the Elms Back in Elmsdale project was chosen based on stringent selection criteria determined and governed by CN, Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom, with whom the Elmsdale Beautification Society shares the objective of enhancing its green spaces to improve the environment. The purpose of the project is to upgrade the historic village centre of Elmsdale by creating a community showpiece that recognizes the natural and manmade heritage and history of the area through the creation of green space, tree planting and community gathering areas.
In addition to the From the Ground Up program contribution of $14,000, funding sources to date include $30,100 in community cash donations and in-kind contributions, $10,000 from the Municipality, and $53,900 from the Nova Scotia Department of Rural and Economic Development and Tourism.
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