Today there are 16 newly planted trees in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., that are representative of more than just the benefits and beauty they bring to the world; these trees are symbolic of people who chose to make a difference for the environment by going paperless.
On April 26, Poughkeepsie celebrated Arbor Day and the city’s 34th consecutive year as a Tree City USA designee, with a ceremony that included the planting of these trees, which were donated by Verizon Wireless. The ceremony was attended by several local dignitaries, including Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkayzik and Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinari, who each helped plant the first tree.
The tree donation was the result of the Plant-a-Tree-Go-Paperless campaign that challenged Verizon Wireless’ stores throughout the Hudson Valley to enroll customers in paperless billing. One tree was donated for every enrollment milestone completed by the stores.
By signing up for paperless billing offerings from companies, customers are not only eliminating clutter and waste, but also helping to save trees. Payitgreen.org has a financial footprint calculator that lets users estimate the environmental impact of their households and the paper billing statements they receive every month.
Doing away with paper bills is an easy first step that can make a big difference, check out other ways to help the environment.