Framingham-Based Ameresco Plants 500 Trees in England

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CLAPHAM, ENGLAND – Ameresco, Inc, a Framingham-based cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, yesterday, March 14, announced that it has partnered with Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), an independent charity dedicated to the preservation of woodlands in the Yorkshire Dales, to plant 500 trees across the region this year.

Ameresco’s U.K. Leeds division made a financial contribution to the Trust that will help to protect local habitat creation and combat the adverse effects of the climate crisis through a reduction in carbon emissions.

Ameresco’s participation in this initiative is a part of a larger effort being carried out by YDMT to support the planting of 28,000 new trees and around 2.5 kilometers of hedgerow in 2022. Employee volunteers from Ameresco will work alongside the the Trust team to maintain and plant trees across the woodlands throughout the year.

“It is great to partner with an organization that is committed to environmental excellence and wants to make a real difference to woodland cover in the Dales,” said Trust Development Officer Sarah Hodgson. “Ameresco’s donation and support will help ensure that we can plant woodland in a way that not only counteracts the effects of climate change but also provides habitat for wildlife and breathing space for all.”

“As a business, we are steadfast in helping our clients to operate more sustainably and to reach their net-zero ambitions,” said Vice President of Ameresco Leeds Derek Dixon. “At Ameresco, we aim to lead the quest toward a more sustainable future for all from within our own organization. We’re proud to partner with Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to increase woodland coverage throughout the Yorkshire Dales. We know these efforts will have far-reaching benefits beyond the local landscape and for future generations to come.”

Ameresco employee volunteers began tree maintenance in October 2020 and are expected to complete the tree planting process by Spring 2022, for the first year of the Company’s partnership with the Trust. This initiative complements Ameresco’s larger volunteerism commitment to double community service hours in 2022 to 2,000+ through more frequent and larger community service offerings throughout the year.

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is a small charity doing big things to support the people, landscape and wildlife of the Dales. To date the charity has helped to deliver inspiring projects in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas. These projects cover areas as diverse as countryside apprenticeships, supporting local communities, education and outreach, restoring woodlands and wildlife habitats, and improving access and understanding of this special place. The Trust has recruited more than 60,000 supporters to date.

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