EEG’s Million Tree Campaign pledges get a boost from Johnson Controls.

Published February 14th, 2009 - 03:06 GMT

The One Million Tree Campaign pledge of EEG has increased by 20 more indigenous palm trees through the effort of Johnson Controls.

As a part of their commitment to give back to the community they operate in, Johnson controls came aboard the Million Tree Campaign bandwagon and donated 20 trees to Khansa School, Dubai.

The donation was also accompanied by hard work by the company officials, with the senior management from Johnson Controls planting the trees alongside the students and teachers. The students from the environmental club of Khansa School enthusiastically joined in the ‘green effort’ and planted the trees with gusto in their campus.

The tree planting was carried for Khansa School as a part of EEG’s initiative to target Special schools, charity schools and government schools that would benefit from its campaign.

EEG Chairperson, Mrs. Habiba Al Marashi, said “EEG is proud to be the initiator of the campaign as planting indigenous trees in our urban environment will not only help with offsetting the carbon count of our daily lives, but also help in maintaining sustainable green spaces in our rapidly growing urban environment. EEG is thankful to organizations such as Johnson Controls for lending a helping hand to EEG’s Campaigns and Programmes.”

Mr. Magdy A. Mekky, Vice President & Managing Director, Johnson Controls said, "Our commitment to sustainability closely identifies with the initiatives of EEG. Johnson Controls contributes millions of dollars and our employees volunteer thousands of man hours for the improvement of communities and the environment around the world, under our Blue Sky program. We are pleased to be associated with the EEG and their efforts at sustaining the environment.

EEG is accredited to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) governing Council. Tree planting is a part of EEG’s commitment to the UNEP’s Billion Tree programme, wherein EEG had pledged one million indigenous trees to be planted in UAE in the year 2007.

The One Million Tree Campaign has been an ongoing activity in the year 2008 and 2009, as an ongoing commitment to UNEP. 2009 has already witnessed a number of organizations coming forward to plant indigenous trees as part of their commitment to the cause of environmental protection and preservation. EEG surpassed its target and succeeded in planting more than 1,614,221 million indigenous trees.

 

The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) is a voluntary, non-government organization (NGO) devoted to protecting the environment through means of education, action programs and community involvement. EEG is actively encouraged and supported by concerned local and federal government agencies. It is the first environmental NGO in the world to be ISO 14001 certified and the only organization of its kind in the UAE with accredited status to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). In 2005 EEG was awarded accredited status to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Governing Council. It is also a member of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact and is a focal point for the formation of local networks in the Arabian Gulf region. EEG is open to men and women of all nationalities, as well as to public and private organizations, academic establishments and international institutions. It is also a newly certified member of the IUCN. For more details Contact Tel: 04-3448622 Fax: 04-3448677
Email: eeg@emirates.net.ae Website: www.eeg-uae.org


Johnson Controls: Covering 15 countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt and Turkey, they have a long established history of delivering world-class solutions to the Middle East. A major reason for their success in this region is their total commitment to developing, customising and adapting products to meet local conditions. This dynamic, ingenuity-led approach has enabled prestigious buildings such as the Abu Dhabi Mall, Dubai International Airport, Grand Hyatt Dubai and the Ritz Carlton Istanbul, as well as millions of people to benefit from energy conscious HVAC products and comfortable, healthy and secure environments.

One Million Tree Campaign:

In support of the United Nations Environment Program 'One Billion Tree Campaign,' EEG surpassed its target of overseeing the planting of more than 1 Million trees in 2007.  Answering the renewed call of UN and under the aegis of UNEP, EEG has pledged to push forth the tree planting movement in UAE, throughout 2008 and 2009.

 

 


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