Four companies that consistently demonstrate their commitment to improving the environment were recognized at the April 18 City Council meeting with Missouri City’s 2011 “Golden Tree Award”.
TXU Energy donated 10 trees for 5th Street esplanades, sponsored and planted a tree grove at the Edible Arbor Trail, and donated gloves, lip balm, and LED night lights to volunteers. In addition, 10 TXU staff members spent a collective 20 volunteer hours planting plum trees. The company’s contributions total an estimated value of $4,800.
Apache Foundation is the first business to receive this honor two years in a row. They donated 795 trees during the last three years. This year they have also sponsored a mulberry tree grove at the Edible Arbor Trail. The company’s contributions total an estimated value of $19,875
Kroger has demonstrated a commitment to helping our community through volunteerism and sponsorship of a tree grove at the Edible Arbor Trail. The Highway 6/Murphy Road Kroger team gave six volunteers and 12 collective hours of time to help plant a persimmon grove at the Edible Arbor Trail. The employee’s contributions total an estimated value of $2,400.
HEB/Sienna promoted energy conservation in its business facility and operations, demonstrating leadership in green building by achieving LEED certification, including using locally made materials, and certified wood, low water usage fixtures in bathrooms and kitchens, energy reducing devices in heating and cooling systems, and promoting recycling during construction and in daily operations.
“These awards are given to local businesses that really have taken a leadership role in conservation and urban forestry support in Missouri City in the last year,” said City Forester Paul Wierzbicki. “They set an example for other businesses to follow.”