Arbor Day Foundation and Publix Celebrate Florida Clean Water Collaboration

More than 100,000 Trees Planted to Protect and Restore Critical Water
Ways

LINCOLN, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Arbor Day Foundation and Publix are pleased to announce the initial
impact of their inaugural watershed partnership focusing on the cleaning
and restoration of the Ocklawaha River Watershed in Alachua, Marion and
Lake Counties in Florida. This year Publix planted 105,000 long leaf
pine trees throughout the counties, encompassing 198 acres of land.
Because of the success of the plantings Publix is helping restore water
bodies deemed impaired by the Environmental Protection Agency, providing
critical habitat for a variety of wildlife and aquatic species as well
as expanding important conservation lands in the state of Florida.

“Publix’s leadership and commitment to the watersheds of Florida
illustrate how positive and large an impact that can be accomplished
through the planting of trees,” said Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation,
president. “We are grateful for Publix partnership and are pleased at
the example they continue to set for other companies concerned about
clean water in our great nation.”

The initial impact will benefit the region over the next half-a-century
and will result in the reduction of more than 34,000 tons of carbon
dioxide, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from an
average vehicle driving over 74 million miles. Additionally, more than
11 trillion gallons of rainfall will be intercepted by the trees which
will help prevent harmful run-off and provide natural filtration of
water as it is stored in the aquifer. This project also preserves
critical habitats for a variety of wildlife and aquatic species, as well
as expands conservation lands in the state of Florida.

“Reducing our water use through process improvements at our retail and
support locations is an important way to minimize our impact on natural
resources,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community
relations. “Balancing our consumption through strategic collaborations
that protect and restore watersheds is another way to make an impactful
difference. We are excited about our work with the Arbor Day Foundation
as we continue to work together towards strengthening the sustainability
of our water sources.”

About the Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the
largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees,
with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners.
During the last 44 years, more than 250 million Arbor Day Foundation
trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and
forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand
and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today,
including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation,
poverty and hunger.

As one of the world’s largest operating conservation foundations, the
Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs,
educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to
involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating
trees. More information is available at arborday.org.

About Publix

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 190,000 employees, with
2016 sales of $34 billion. Currently Publix has 1,145 stores in Florida,
Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The
company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to
Work For in America” for 20 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s
dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among
the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the
company’s website, corporate.publix.com.

Contacts

Arbor Day Foundation
Danny Cohn, 402-473-9563
dcohn@arborday.org