(Ottawa, Ont. – June 2, 2011) – Tree Canada and Allied Van Lines, the world’s largest moving company, are proud to celebrate their partnership by supporting the greening of Leduc Composite High School in Leduc, Alta.

The greening of the schoolyard will take place throughout the day at 4308-50 Street, in Leduc on Saturday, June 4 starting at 9 a.m-5p.m. Volunteers will be planting trees, shrubs and flowers around the school’s front entrance to create a welcoming space. A special ceremony will begin at noon with school staff, students and parents honouring Tree Canada and Allied Van Lines.

“Leduc Composite High School’s Youth for Change students are looking forward to making the front entrance of our school more inviting, beautiful, and green. They have enjoyed working with Jenn Boyd from Landesign to come up with the landscape plan they will be planting this Saturday,” said Katherine Steblyk, Leduc Composite High School English teacher and Youth for Change organizer. “We are very thankful for the help and support provided to us by Tree Canada and Allied Van Lines, and all our sponsors.”

In addition to the greening of Leduc Composite, Allied and Tree Canada will be planting one tree for every 4,800 km (3,000 miles) driven by their moving vans. Tree Canada is the country’s largest tree planting organization. A total of approximately 5,000 trees will be planted per year over three years.

“We are dedicated to making a green impact on the earth, and take this commitment very seriously,” said Rob Grohn, president of Allied Van Lines, Canada.  “We know every tree we plant makes a difference in our environment and in our nation, and it’s an honor to be a part of this special tree-planting ceremony.”

“Allied is helping provide a green future for the communities they serve,” said Michael Rosen, Tree Canada President. “We are proud to work with companies who step forward and give back at the local and national level through tree planting and maintenance.”

About Allied Van Lines

Established in 1928, Allied Van Lines, with more than 500 agent locations in North America, is an experienced leader in household goods moving and specialized transportation services. Allied is one of the established global brands of SIRVA Inc., a leader in providing relocation services to corporations, consumers and governments around the world. For more information about Allied Van Lines, visit www.alliedvanlines.ca.

About Tree Canada

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization that partners to plant and care for rural and urban trees, promotes urban forests in Canada and facilitates carbon offset projects. To date, more than 77 million trees have been planted, more than 450 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 9 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Tree Canada
Melissa Nisbett
Communications and Marketing Officer
613-567-5545, ext. 224

Tree Canada Community Advisor (on site at event)
Peter Murphy
Cell: 780-905-3232