Enterprise Mobility and Arbor Day Foundation partner with Friends of the Rappahannock to Plant Over 400 Trees in Culpeper, Virginia
In a concerted effort to enhance urban greenery and address environmental concerns, the Arbor Day Foundation and Enterprise Mobility Foundation joined forces to plant and distribute over 400 trees in Culpeper, Virginia. This initiative, part of Enterprise’s Urban Tree Initiative program, saw local community members, Enterprise Mobility team members, and volunteers collaborate to bring nature’s benefits to the heart of Culpeper.
The project, orchestrated by Friends of the Rappahannock and Culpeper Parks and Recreation, marks a significant stride in the Arbor Day Foundation and Enterprise Mobility Foundation’s Urban tree Initiative program partnership and demonstrates a joint commitment to fostering resilient and green urban environments. This year’s investment specifically targets neighborhoods lacking adequate environmental investment with a focus on stormwater management and increasing greenspace access. On November 17th, Enterprise volunteers learned how to plant a tree and got to work, demonstrating fantastic attitudes and finishing the planting of over 100 trees at the Culpeper Sports Complex in record time.
The Culpeper tree planting project was designed to mitigate stormwater runoff at the Culpeper Sports Complex by introducing a canopy that serves multiple purposes. Beyond the immediate environmental impact, the addition of trees will provide shade, create habitats for native species, and contribute to the physical and mental well-being of residents and visitors.
“The collaboration between organizations and volunteers was amazing!” said Andew Hardy, Culpeper Parks and Recreation Director. “This project supports the Department’s overall mission of “enhancing the quality of life, assuring the sense of community, and providing leisure services to Culpeper County residents of all ages.”
The tree giveaway aspect of the project distributed over 300 5-gallon trees of native species to local community members. These trees will build resiliency in our community and neighborhoods.
“We need to plant trees at schools, parks, AND private properties in order to achieve regional conservation goals,” said Bryan Hofmann, Friends of the Rappahannock Deputy Director. “We try and offer free tree giveaways in the communities we serve to help our neighbors plant trees.”
This project was one of many collaborative efforts supported by public and private partners including the Virginia Department of Forestry and Arbor Day Foundation.
For many of the Enterprise Mobility volunteers, it was their first time ever planting something. “It gives you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction,” one Enterprise Mobility team member explained. “To be impacting a community like this and hopefully benefiting them for years to come, brings a lot of joy!”
The Enterprise Urban Tree Initiative will feature a total of 20 tree planting and distribution events globally this program year. The planting season has already witnessed projects in various North American cities.
As communities worldwide grapple with environmental challenges, partnerships like this one between the Friends of the Rappahannock, Arbor Day Foundation, and the Enterprise Mobility Foundation provide a shining example of how collective efforts can bring about positive change, one tree at a time.
About Enterprise Mobility:
Enterprise Mobility is a leading provider of mobility solutions including car rental, fleet management, flexible vehicle hire, carsharing, vanpooling, truck rental, luxury rental, retail car sales and vehicle subscription, as well as other transportation technology services and solutions, to make travel easier and more convenient for customers. Enterprise Mobility, inclusive of its subsidiaries and franchisees, and affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, manage a diverse fleet of 2.3 million vehicles through an integrated network of nearly 9,500 fully staffed neighborhood and airport rental locations in more than 90 countries and territories. Privately held by the Taylor family of St. Louis, Enterprise Mobility manages the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo brands.
About the Arbor Day Foundation:
Established in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation is the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. Through partnerships and programs, the Foundation has played a pivotal role in planting over 500 million trees worldwide.
About Friends of the Rappahannock:
Founded in 1985, Friends of the Rappahannock is a grassroots conservation organization based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The organization is committed to educating and advocating for actions that protect and restore the Rappahannock River.