Ascend Federal Credit Union and LES fourth grade students recently partnered to make middle Tennessee a little greener.
Working with the Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors (MTAR), the credit union is giving trees to LES students and students in 12 other middle Tennessee schools as part of the National Fourth Grade Foresters project. Disabled workers package each evergreen tree seedling. The employment of these workers is covered by the cost of sponsorship.
“We’re proud to be a sponsor of this unique program,” said Ascend President and CEO Caren Gabriel. “The National Fourth Grade Foresters project plants the idea of environmental stewardship in the minds of children so that, hopefully, they will leave a greener planet for their children.”
Gabriel said sponsorship of this program compliments Ascend’s own green initiatives.
“In 2011, we recycled 75.20 tons of documents and media,” she said. “By doing that, we helped save 278,240 pounds of lumber, 526,400 gallons of water, 248.16 cubic yards of landfill space, 1,278 trees and 225 barrels of oil.”
Gabriel said the credit union also encourages its members to reduce their paper dependence by using its free and secure paperless initiatives.
Other elementary schools that participated were Barfield, Broadview, Buena Vista, College Street, Eakin, Franklin, McGavock, Mitchell Nielson, Moore, Robert E. Lee, Rock Creek, and Thomas Magnet.•