CHICAGO (November 2011) — Nonprofit Chicago Gateway Green is teaming up with the environmentally-minded Chicago Bears Football Club to “Save Da Planet”, a new initiative that encourages fans to engage in environmentally-friendly practices and adopt proactive ways to reuse, recycle and reduce their environmental footprint. Most notable, fans can help Chicago Gateway Green meet its goal of planting 15,000 trees in the city by 2015. Donors who contribute at least $300 will provide funding to plant one or more 8-10-foot trees and have a chance to be recognized on the field during the Bears vs. Chargers game. Fans can also donate $50 or $100 to help fund the care and maintenance of trees throughout the city. At this Sunday’s game, fans may even glimpse several human “trees” walking around the stadium to raise awareness about the importance of tree planting.
The Chicago Bears Football Club is a longtime sponsor of a Chicago Gateway Green expressway garden and has recently “branched out” into another green initiative. The new “Save Da Planet” campaign launched on Nov. 14, with tree planting donations accepted through March 2012. Those who donate $500 or more also will have an opportunity to participate in a tree planting ceremony with Chicago Bears players in the spring.
About Chicago Gateway Green
Dedicated to greening and beautifying the region’s expressways, gateways and communities, Chicago Gateway Green was founded in 1986 to benefit the environment and improve the quality of life for millions of Chicagoland residents and annual visitors. A 501c3 non-profit organization, Chicago Gateway Green makes an impact in the community with three key programs: Expressway Partnership, transforming city roadways into landscaped parkways; the International Sculpture Program, beautifying gateways through the installation of public, international art on expressways; and the Tree Partnership, a large-scale tree planting initiative that transforms unused land into green spaces. The nonprofit organization has broad support across the region’s business and civic community and serves as a model for effective public-private partnerships. For more information, visit www.gatewaygreen.org.