This week, USANA employees joined forces with local nonprofit TreeUtah to celebrate Arbor Day on an ambitious project to plant trees in a local community park.
The project was coordinated through USANA Green. A USANA initiative which is dedicated to implementing programs to reduce solid waste, conserve water and energy and recycle. Several USANA employees from across the company volunteered their time. And tree-planting assistance to improve the quality and longevity of Jordan Park in Salt Lake City.
“My favorite thing about the event was getting to know the incredible coworkers I have,” said chief legal counsel, Jim Bramble. “People I’ve known in the office, but was able to get to see a different side of them. I feel like I made new friends.”
Arbor Day began in 1872 in an effort to bring awareness to the value of trees in our communities. And their importance to preserving healthy soil and increasing natural resources. The planting of trees means improved water quality, less runoff and erosion and more recharging of the ground water supply. In addition, trees add value to the community, help to cool neighborhoods, break cold winds and provide food for wildlife. Each average-sized tree provides an estimated $7 savings in annual environmental benefits, including energy conservation and reduced pollution. In fact, a single tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles.
“I enjoy the opportunity to volunteer whenever possible, but often don’t know where to look for those opportunities,” said Rachel Brewer, senior scientist at USANA. “I appreciated that USANA organized everything and made it easy to help. The TreeUtah staff were helpful and passed on a lot of great tree-care tips throughout the event. And it’s exciting to know that the trees we planted will be part of the park for the next several decades!”
USANA is committed to furthering green initiatives and creating programs which support sustainability. Learn more about USANA’s green initiatives.