Friday February 24, 2006
Cinergy provides $200,000 for tree plantings; will improve air quality
More than 1,500 trees and seedlings will take root in Louisville’s parks and along its parkways over the next two years, thanks to a $200,000 grant from Cinergy/PSI. Mayor Jerry Abramson and Cinergy Vice President John Stowell announced the partnership today as they planted a tree on Algonquin Parkway in west Louisville.
Using Cinergy grant funds, Metro Parks will plant 462 landscape trees in at least six parks and along six Olmsted Parkways. An additional 60 trees will be planted along a section of Ninth Street - between Kentucky and Magnolia streets - that was completed in 2002. Also, 1,115 seedlings will be planted in areas such as Cherokee Park and the city’s nine public golf courses.
The tree-planting grant is Cinergy’s second significant investment in improving Louisville-area air quality. In May 2004, the city of Louisville sought to join a federal lawsuit regarding emissions at the power company’s Gallagher power plant in New Albany, Ind. Four months later, Cinergy announced plans to make $100 million in environmental upgrades at the plant, enabling the reduction of sulfur-dioxide emissions by up to 70 percent. Louisville subsequently ceased legal action.
"Cinergy has demonstrated its corporate citizenship in taking significant steps to improve the air we breathe," Abramson said. "Adding well over 1,000 trees to our city will not only improve the beauty of our scenic parks and parkways, but it will have a very real impact on our air and quality of life."
Abramson said that most of the trees designated for use along the city’s historic Olmsted Parkways will be planted along Algonquin, Southwestern and Northwestern parkways, adjacent to Rubbertown and across the Ohio River from Cinergy’s Gallagher facility.
"With more than 1.5 million electric customers in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, Cinergy knows that it’s important to be a good corporate citizen," said Stowell. "Last year, Cinergy awarded grants totaling $6 million to communities throughout our service area. The $200,000 we’re providing to Mayor Abramson will help Louisville improve the quality of its air."
At Cinergy’s request, Metro Parks will plant only trees with long life spans that are native to the region, such as oak, ash and maple trees.
Cinergy, one of the leading diversified energy companies in the U.S., is the parent company of PSI Energy in Indiana, The Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co. in Ohio, and Union Light, Heat & Power Co. in Kentucky. Combined, these companies serve 1.5 million electric customers and about 500,000 gas customers.