May 7, 2013
Hydro One partners with Evergreen to provide trees and outdoor learning areas in Waterloo
planting a sugar maple (Photo: Nancy Shaddick)
May 7, 2013 – Toronto, ON – Hydro One and Evergreen planted a tree at Edna Staebler Public School today to announce a partnership to plant trees and build outdoor learning areas for three schools in Waterloo.
As part of the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds Program, Hydro One and Evergreen will enhance the green space at Edna Staebler Public School, Mary Johnston Public School and Laurelwood Public School through tree planting and the creation of outdoor classrooms.
The schools were selected as part of Hydro One’s ongoing efforts to green communities where the company works. In 2012 and 2013, Hydro One conducted vegetation management along the corridors near Keats Way and Fischer Hallman Road N. to ensure the safe and reliable power to more than 20,000 customers in Waterloo, Elmira and Palmerston.
“Hydro One appreciates the importance of community green spaces,” said Len McMillan, Vice President, Operations and Maintenance. “This is why we partner with organizations such as Evergreen to support environmental initiatives across Ontario.”
Hydro One maintains 123,000 km of distribution lines and 29,000 km of high-voltage transmission lines in the province of Ontario. Keeping vegetation away from electrical equipment is necessary for the reliable supply of electricity and the safety of the public and Hydro One employees.
"Evergreen is pleased to help communities green their outdoor play spaces," said Cam Collyer, Program Director at Evergreen. "Natural spaces are the ideal learning environment, and with the support of organizations such as Hydro One, we can help bring nature to more children and the communities they live in.”
Evergreen is a national not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities—now and for the future. For more information on Evergreen’s school ground greening initiatives across Canada, please visit: www.evergreen.ca/en/programs/schools/index.sn
About Hydro One
Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's 29,000 km high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 123,000 km low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario.
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Evergreen Media Contact:
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Tel: 416-596-1495 x332, 1-888-426-3138 x332