Go Green Friday planting trees for greener Swift Current

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The 4th Annual Go Green Friday environmental initiative takes place Sept. 7 with Stark & Marsh, Chartered Accountants, LLP organizing the event and working with the City of Swift Current on activities that include a major tree planting project, part of TD Greenstreets, that will see 250-300 trees planted by volunteers and the general clean up of city parks.

“We are very excited to once again partner with the City of Swift Current to help with the beautification of our community,” commented Stark & Marsh Administration Manager Darcy Congdon. “As a firm, we feel it’s important to give back to the community in which we live, and I think many others are looking for avenues to contribute environmentally as well.”

The City of Swift Current was one of 21 Canadian communities awarded a 2012 TD Green Streets grant in recognition of its innovative approaches to municipal forestry.

“The goal of TD Green Streets is to encourage the adoption of leading-edge practices in municipal forests, and we want to commend the City of Swift Current for developing a plan that will provide such a great enhancement to the environment,” said Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. “The plantings will provide habitat and food for wildlife and improve air quality, as well as promote community involvement in the protection and preservation of our urban forest.”

“We congratulate the City of Swift Current for developing an initiative that will create an important green space in their community,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “We’re pleased to support the efforts of Swift Current and we look forward to seeing their plan come to life.”

Members of the Stark & Marsh staff will be providing labour for the event for either a morning or afternoon shift. Planned activities include a major tree planting project and a barbeque at Market Square. All other businesses wishing to have their staff participate, or other members of the community interested in helping out are encouraged to contact Stark & Marsh to sign up.

“We are asking those that can’t directly get involved in the day’s activities because of their work schedule to take a little extra time that day to either walk to their place of work or car pool if possible. It’s an added way to support the environment for this specific day, but it may also be something that works into your schedule long term.”

After the morning planting, the Mayor will participate in a ceremonial tree planting and will accept a cheque on behalf of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

“We would like to thank TD Friends of the Environment and Tree Canada for selecting the City of Swift Current as the recipient of a $15,000 TD Green Streets matching grant,” said City of Swift Current Mayor Schafer.

“This is an exciting project for Swift Current. Trees planted will help to reduce soil erosion and will help to enhance our beautiful City by improving the look of recently developed and high traffic areas.”

To access more information on the event, access the Stark & Marsh website at www.starkmarsh.com or contact:

Peggy Marshall, Stark & Marsh Go Green Friday Coordinator (306) 773-7285

Darcy Congdon, Stark & Marsh Administration Manager (306) 773-7285

Organizations: 2012 TD Green Streets, TD Greenstreets, Tree Canada Market Square TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Geographic location: Swift Current

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