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CSX, City Year and ACTrees team up with JAXPORT to landscape Jacksonville middle school
May 30, 2012
Volunteers from CSX, City Year and the Alliance for Community Trees teamed up with JAXPORT to construct mural benches, landscape and install borders, remove dead trees and plant more than 80 large trees and shrubs on Saturday, May 26 at Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown welcomed volunteers to kick-off the event.
“Trees for Tracks” is CSX’s commitment to plant 21,000 trees, one for every mile of track, over the next five years, in the areas most in need of green. CSX is listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for its achievements in environmental performance, including reaching ahead of schedule the company's voluntary goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by eight percent and its tree planting initiative.
The volunteer service day was a collaboration between CSX and JAXPORT, two key organizations that support the United Way Achievers for Life Program of which Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School is a participant. Achievers for Life works with local businesses to match mentors and advocates with students at risk of dropping out. In addition to engaging in volunteer service for the school, in 2010, CSX leadership packed and donated much-needed school supplies to the entire student body and its teachers.
(above, left to right) JAXPORT Senior Director of Government & External Affairs Eric Green, CSX Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office Oscar Munoz, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, Greenscape Executive Director Anna Dooley, Principal of Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School Evan Daniels, Ted Marquis of City Year
JAXPORT Harbormaster Rod Ingram and his wife Renee
JAXPORT Manager, Community Outreach & Environmental Advocacy Joanne Kazmierski and her daughter Jessica