For Release: 04/21/2017
WPS employees to 'spruce' up local environment for Earth Day, Arbor Day
Protecting and enhancing the environment are goals Wisconsin Public Service strives to accomplish each day. In recognition of Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 28), WPS employees will be helping clean up and add to the local environment with a pair of events taking place this weekend and early next week.
This Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, more than a dozen WPS employees and family members will volunteer their time to get rid of graffiti and clean up trash along a portion of the Fox River Trail in De Pere. For the first time, volunteers will be eliminating graffiti on portions of the Highway 32/Greenleaf Road bridge underpass. At the same time, additional volunteers will pick up trash along the Fox River Trail in between Wrightstown Road and School Road, a portion of the trail that WPS has adopted and taken care of for several years.
On Tuesday, April 25, WPS Environmental department employees will gather at the company's downtown Green Bay headquarters to prepare 600 tree seedlings to be distributed to elementary school students in the company’s service territory. The donations are part of the utility's Tree Line USA certification, an award given by the National Arbor Day Foundation to utilities using best practices in arboriculture. Since 2003, WPS has planted 107 trees at elementary schools and has donated more than 2,000 seedlings to students as part of its Tree Line USA certification.
Members of the media are invited to attend the Fox River Trail graffiti and trash cleanup on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. until noon. Mike Olson, a WPS employee who organized the graffiti cleanup, will be available for interviews at that time. Members of the media are also welcome to attend the seedling preparation event next Tuesday (April 25) from 12-1:30 p.m. Please contact Matt Cullen with WPS media relations if you plan to attend either event.
For More Information, Contact:
- Matt Cullen
- Media Hotline 800-977-2250