March 20, 2006

Wal-Mart to continue supporting Evergreen's Green Grant program

MISSISSAUGA, ONT-Wal-Mart Canada intends to continue its partnership with Evergreen and the Green Grants program through 2006, the company said last week. The retailer began sponsoring the Evergreen-led Canadian community greening program in 2004. During the pilot year of the Green Grants environmental revitalization project, Wal-Mart made an initial donation of $300,000 for grants to support projects ranging from tree planting to trail development undertaken community-based organizations across the country. Wal-Mart again provided this level of funding for the Green Grants program in 2005 and is maintaining its support this year. The program is open to community groups working collaboratively with their local municipality or other institutional partners including government agencies, crown corporations or publicly funded institutions, such as hospitals or universities. Individual grants ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 are used for projects such as planting of native plant species, stewardship activities (e.g. invasive species removal or site maintenance), trail/boardwalk construction, environmental monitoring and/or continuing public education. Through its Common Grounds initiative, Evergreen has also established partnerships for environmental stewardship grants with The Home Depot (through the Rebuilding Nature program) and Unilever (through an aquatic stewardship program). More information is available on the Evergreen Web site, www.evergreen.ca.

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