Ravens Earth Day 2015

RAVENS EARTH DAY 2015

The Baltimore Ravens are once again partnering with Parks & People Foundation for their annual Earth Day event. In line with the Ravens' GamePlanEarth, a week of environmental initiatives established and led by the Ravens to help better the Baltimore community, employees and volunteers will be planting trees and performing other service activities in the Pigtown area of Baltimore on Wednesday, April 22.

Both the Ravens and Parks & People Foundation have held a relationship with Pigtown for many years, partnering on numerous projects that improve the area's quality of life. Last year, the Ravens partnered with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake to build 18 new rowhomes in the neighborhood, including three funded by the Ravens Foundation.

The project taking place on Wednesday (4/22) is a part of a strategic heat island reduction plan by Parks & People in partnership with TreeBaltimore and Blue Water Baltimore. By increasing the number of trees along the streets of Pigtown over the next three years, the goal is to lower summertime temperatures and achieve energy and environmental benefits for its residents. Parks & People will continue to work closely with the citizens of Pigtown to support community stewardship and involvement in caring for the newly-planted trees until they are established, encouraging residents to see green projects as both achievable and rewarding.

Over 50 volunteers from the Ravens, Lady Ravens Association, Parks & People and members of the Ravens All Community Team (ACT), including M&T Bank, Verizon, Constellation and The Baltimore Sun will participate in the Earth Day event. In addition, members of the Baltimore Warhawks, the city's public safety football team comprised of police officers and firefighters, will join the Ravens to help plant trees.

Tools necessary for this event will be rented through the Baltimore Community ToolBank, a local resource that offers tools to help community groups and their volunteers increase their impact. Food and beverages for the event will be provided by Giant and Dunkin' Donuts.

The Ravens' Earth Day 2015 service project is an extension of the organization's continued environmental efforts and to reinforce M&T Bank Stadium's LEED Gold Certification, a unique designation given to organizations that strive to deliver healthy, environmental-friendly, cost-saving and energy- and water-efficient operating buildings in the community.

*Who:                    *Ravens staff

Lady Ravens Association

Parks & People Foundation

Volunteers of Ravens ACT Members - M&T Bank, Verizon, Constellation and The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Warhawks

*What:                  *Ravens Earth Day 2015

*Where:               *700 block of West Hamburg Street

Baltimore, MD 2123

*When:                 *Wednesday, April 22

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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