FedEx Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

David Binks, Mari Murray, Michael Rosen

On May 4, 2010, FedEx Express Canada was presented with the 2009 Eterne Award by Tree Canada. This is a national award given to an outstanding sponsor of Tree Canada to recognize their environmental stewardship and commitment to improving the lives of Canadians through greening and reforestation projects.

The award was presented to FedEx Express Canada president David Binks at a FedEx sponsored school greening event at Featherston Drive Public School in Ottawa, Ontario. Team members from our local FedEx station were also on site to assist with the tree planting.

Since 2007, FedEx has worked with Tree Canada to revitalize communities across Canada.

Last year we launched our Greening Canada’s School Grounds program and have committed to greening 30 school yards across Canada by the end of 2010. In addition, FedEx has supported reforestation programs including Tree Canada’s B.C. Fire ReLeaf program, which allowed B.C. homeowners, landowners and municipalities to plant trees destroyed during the forest fires in the summer of 2009.

The Eterne Award is made from a section of an ancient tree found in the Salomon Creek valley in Alberta outside the eastern boundary of Jasper National Park. It was from a spruce tree growing in the valley in 2240-2400 B.C. The tree was 180 years old when a cataclysmic landslide buried it until it was unearthed again in 1980 by a flood.

Called “Eterne” to acknowledge the dynamism and eternal nature of trees and forests, the prize has been awarded since 1993.