World Environment Day 2013 will see businesses and communities unite to plant thousands of New Zealand native trees in an effort to offset CO2 emissions.
On June 5, the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) will hold its second annual 100 Tonne Challenge at sites in Auckland and Tauranga.
The event aims to offset 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions through the planting of at least 667 native trees. SBN hopes to surpass the 6800 planted at last year’s event.
CEO of the SBN Rachel Brown says the 100 Tonne Challenge is not just about achieving environmental benefits. “The tree planting helps build teamwork with businesses, improves relationships between businesses and the community, and can be a useful networking opportunity.”
Ms Brown says it is important that businesses give back to – rather than simply take from – the environment.
Companies taking part this year include Fulton Hogan, Vodafone and Juicy Group Ltd.
Trevor Moir of principal sponsor Fulton Hogan says, “last year’s event was a great success, not only because of the bit of good the trees are doing for our carbon footprint, but also for the great connection we made with Sylvia Park Primary School.
“We’re very much looking forward to this year’s event and are happy to be supporting the SBN in helping to make the 100 Tonne Challenge an even greater success.”
The Challenge is organised by SBN’s carbon offset programme Carbon4Good. World Environment Day will also see the launch of Carbon4Good’s Forests for Health initiative.