CSX kicks off “Trees for Tracks” with PHS

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The nation’s third largest railway and its leading authority on urban revitalization are joining forces  this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to  noon to transform an asphalt playground at the Albert M. Greenfield School into a safe and green space.

The collaboration between CSX and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, will serve as the official launch of the railway’s “Trees for Tracks” program that promises to plant 21,000 trees, or one tree for each mile of CSX track, in the next five years.

Other partners include City Year, the national youth service initiative and Alliance for Community Trees, a national organization dedicated to helping cities restore their forest canopy, a third of which has been destroyed in recent decades.

Initiated by the Greenfield Home and School Association and the Greening Greenfield Tree Tenders, the new green space at 22ndand Chestnut streets will include 26 large trees, being donated and planted by CSX.  The end result of all the greening efforts will be a living classroom for more than 500 students that will provide an immediate connection to the environment and enhance the school’s science program.   

Additional CSX “Trees for Tracks” planting days will take place over the next several months in Baltimore, Atlanta, Miami and other cities.  For additional information or to sign up as a volunteer, please visit http://www.keeponliving.org/green/trees-for-tracks/.  

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is considered the nation’s leading authority on urban revitalization through greening. The Society’s acclaimed “Philadelphia Green” program restores neighborhood parks, creates community gardens, revitalizes vacant land and nurtures the next generation of environmental stewards.

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