On Saturday, April 20, more than 100 volunteers gathered in Union Bridge, Md., to plant 1,400 trees and shrubs and to celebrate a unique partnership between CBF, Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES), and Sterling Planet. Since the partnership launched in 2010, WGES and Sterling Planet have contributed more than $400,000 to the CBF-directed Carbon Reduction Fund. The Fund supports projects that both reduce greenhouse gases and improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, projects that have included planting more than 9,000 trees in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Talbot, Frederick, and Carroll counties in Maryland.
At the Earth Day event, WGES and Sterling Planet employees, together with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other CBF volunteers, planted native species of trees and shrubs along 6,000 feet of stream bank at the Flowing Springs Dairy Farm. The plants will absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, reducing greenhouse gases, and will create a buffer to prevent erosion and runoff along the Wolf Pit Branch stream which ultimately flows into the Chesapeake Bay.
Contributions to the Carbon Reduction Fund are made when WGES natural gas supply customers participate in its CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets program. The program helps customers reduce their carbon footprints by matching natural gas usage with locally sourced certified carbon offsets.
--Harry Warren, President, Washington Gas Energy Services.