EARTH DAY NETWORK RECEIVES $235,000 GRANT FROM THE UPS FOUNDATION

 

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Sean S. Miller

                                                                                                            202-518-0044 ext. 15

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EARTH DAY NETWORK RECEIVES $235,000 GRANT FROM

THE UPS FOUNDATION

WASHINGTON, DC – October 18, 2011 -- Earth Day Network received a $235,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used to expand Earth Day Network’s transportation-based environmental education projects and to plant trees in five US cities and Belgium.  

 With the assistance of The UPS Foundation, Earth Day Network will expand our transportation work in schools, which provides biodiesel education and production facilities as hands-on learning experiences to help solve community environmental challenges. In completing these projects, Earth Day Network will empower teachers and students to address and help to solve specific environmental concerns in local communities. Additionally, funding will support Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project.  

“We are thrilled to once again have the support of The UPS Foundation for our successful Education program and also as a new partner on our Canopy project,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network.  “This funding allows us to further pursue our mission of increasing public education and action to address the environmental needs of local and global communities,” added Rogers.

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: non-profit effectiveness, economic & global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.

In 2010, The UPS Foundation distributed $44.6 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as Earth Day Network’s Education program, providing support for building stronger communities.

“The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs that make a meaningful difference in our communities – so we are proud to support Earth Day Network’s efforts to drive awareness and education of environmental issues,” said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation.

About Earth Day Network

Earth Day Network's mission is to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement, driving action year-round. Earth Day Network does this through advocacy, education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. For example, EDN’s Education program provides tools to assist K-12 schools with finding cost-effective ways to enhance student learning and health, reduce operational costs and environmental impacts, and increase a community’s overall quality and competitiveness. www.earthday.org.

About The UPS Foundation

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight, the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2011, is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2010, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $95 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

Contact:Art Edelstein ● VP of Development ● Earth Day Network ● 1616 P Street NW, Suite 340 ● Washington, D.C.  20036 ● 202-518-0044 ext. 27 ● edelstein@earthday.netwww.earthday.org