Hogan Lovells Partners With BGE to Plant Trees in McElderry Park as Part of Baltimore Tree Trust's Trees for Public Health Initiative
21 October 2013
BALTIMORE, MD 21 October 2013 – Hogan Lovells' Baltimore office recently joined with Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) (a subsidiary of Hogan Lovells client Exelon Corporation) to help plant up barren blocks on Baltimore City streets with new street trees. Through this event, on 18 October 2013, a team of Hogan Lovells and BGE volunteers worked with the Baltimore Tree Trust Initiative to plant 25 trees in McElderry Park, located in Southeast Baltimore.
The Baltimore Tree Trust (BTT) started the "Trees for Public Health" initiative in 2012, with a goal of planting approximately 800 trees by the end of 2015. There are approximately 3-4 plantings per season, and the Hogan Lovells and BGE group was the first planting to take place in fall 2013. BTT planting is a strictly volunteer effort, with the organization relying on community partners to do all tree plantings.
"We are thrilled to work alongside our client in championing Baltimore's urban forest," said Hogan Lovells Partner Brian Chappell. "Supporting projects such as the Trees for Public Health initiative, allows us to forge excellent relationships with our local Baltimore community."
Good citizenship is one of Hogan Lovells' core values. Through its Community Investment initiative, which includes a dedicated commitment to the environment, it is able to build long-standing relationships with local communities through continued work on sustainability and reduced environmental impact.
Since its founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of education, economic development, environment, and arts and culture.
In addition, through BGE's employee volunteer network, "Energy for the Community," employees lend their time and passion to our corporate citizenship activities. Last year, BGE employees, friends and family spent more than 18,000 hours volunteering with more than 160 different community organizations.
About the Baltimore Tree Trust (BTT)
The Baltimore Tree Trust (BTT) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to restoring the city's urban forest and making Baltimore a more beautiful place to live through increased tree plantings, tree stewardship, community engagement, public education, advocacy, and research. Collaborating closely with the city’s TreeBaltimore program, nonprofit partners, private landowners, city residents, and businesses, the BTT will serve as a transformational agent for the dramatic restoration of Baltimore’s aging tree canopy.
BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 655,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,400 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5 billion. For updates and information on BGE, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.