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Danville, Harrodsburg plant trees with utility grants

LG&E and KU

News release

LOUISVILLE — The cities of Danville and Harrodsburg are among 25 organizations across Kentucky that will enhance the state’s tree canopy through tree planting projects. The projects are funded, in part, by the LG&E and KU Foundation’s Plant for the Planet grant program. The Foundation awarded this year’s grants to 25 organizations across 10 Kentucky counties.

“Supporting the environment is a key priority in our business operations and partnerships across the state,” said Angie Evans, LG&E and KU vice president of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs. “The projects these grants make possible impact our communities by enhancing the landscape and increasing the population of healthy trees across the Bluegrass for years to come.”

LG&E and KU’s Plant for the Planet grant program awards matching grants in amounts of $500 to $5,000 to organizations with a history of successful tree plantings in the LG&E and KU service territories.

Since the grant program’s launch in 2009, more than 40,000 plantings have occurred in a range of urban and rural settings that offer public access, including parks and nature preserves. Many successful projects have also used unique approaches to incorporate trees within other landscape settings.

The Plant for the Planet program is modeled after the United Nations’ Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, which promotes the planting of more than one billion trees annually by individuals, communities and businesses worldwide.