Join Dell’s Plant a Tree Program: Support Reforestation
|We are committed to planting 1 million trees by 2020 (beginning in 2008) to help sequester carbon and restore natural habitats. We announced this goal as a part of our commitments for the American Business Act on Climate Pledge in October of 2015.|
The benefits of trees are undeniable. Not only do they absorb greenhouse gas emissions, but they improve air quality, recycle water, create shade, and provide food and homes for living things across the planet. The simple act of planting trees helps sustain our communities and the environment in countless ways.
Dell’s longstanding commitment to reforestation has led to a partnership with the Conservation Fund, an American environmental and economic development non-profit group. All of the donations made in the Plant a Tree program go directly to our nonprofit partner the Conservation Fund, to help customers and Dell work together to meet our goal of planting one million trees.
About the Program
The Plant a Tree program makes it easy for customers to help decrease the impact associated with the use of their Dell products while simultaneously helping restore habitats and protect forests. By supporting The Conservation Fund, the Plant a Tree program is a simple way to have a positive, lasting impact on the environment.
To help contribute to the Plant a Tree program, customers can make a small payment through Dell’s online store (see links below). All of the money goes directly to the Conservation Fund who uses the funds to plant native trees and rebuild important forest habitats. Current projects are located in several states in the U.S., including Texas, Louisiana and California.
Why customers participate
We already design our products and services to be as energy efficient as possible, but they will still use some electricity. Typical electricity generation results in carbon dioxide emissions, so there is a footprint associated with the use of electronics. This is why Dell is committed to helping to mitigate the impact of our products by planting 1 million trees by 2020. We are partnering with the Conservation Fund, customers, and businesses to help us successfully meet our goal. The Plant a Tree program is a way for customers to both mitigate the footprint of their products, and to help contribute to real reforestation and habitat restoration projects.
|Your contributions in action|
For example, two projects in northeastern Louisiana (USA) are restoring areas stripped of trees by heavy logging. In both Tensas River Reforestation Project and the Upper Ouachita River projects, efforts are aimed at restoring native hardwoods to a region that was once covered by dense forest before heavy logging took its toll. In addition to helping absorb carbon emissions, restoration in this area along the river provides important habitat for many species (including the endangered Louisiana Black Bear and Florida Panther) and helps process floodwaters.
The Plant a Tree program also supports the Conservation Fund’s work in the Big River and Salmon Creek Forests in the coastal Redwood forest area of Northern California. They are working to implement sustainable forest management practices including decreasing the intensity and frequency of harvests, and widening riverfront buffers impaired by erosion from a century of timber harvesting. These changes have improved water quality and habitat for coho salmon, steelhead trout and the spotted owl. Redwood forests themselves also store more carbon per acre than any other forest type, and Plant a Tree supports the Conservation Fund’s efforts to make their 16,000 acres of the Big River and Salmon Creek Forests financially self-sustaining and environmentally healthy.
Through their participation in the Plant a Tree program, customers have helped plant more than 820,000 trees. Help us reach one million by 2020.
How to participate
If you live in the U.S., there are two easy ways to get started with the Plant a Tree program:
- Make a payment today — Whether you’re an individual or a business, you can contribute to the reforestation of our planet with a simple click, offsetting the estimated carbon emissions associated with the electricity used across various IT products.
- Participate with purchase — We make it easy and convenient for you to help offset the approximate anticipated emissions of Dell products. To participate in to the program while shopping, simply add the Plant a Tree option to your shopping cart and you’re done. If you are in a business, contact your account representative or select the Plant a Tree option on your Premier page. Also, ask us about recognition certificates available to communicate your important contributions to your employees, customers and other stakeholders.
If you do not live in the U.S., visit Carbonfund.org/dell to participate.