C&S Wholesale Grocers And The Conservation Fund Celebrate Partnership’s Fifth Anniversary By Restoring Forests

March 20, 2012

C & S Wholesale Go Zero

C & S Wholesale Grocer employees celebrate the Fund's Go Zero program. Photo courtesy C & S Wholesale Grocer. 

Keene, NH — How do you celebrate your fifth anniversary? With a gift that is beautiful, durable and made from one of nature’s most important renewable resources: wood. That’s exactly how C&S Wholesale Grocers and The Conservation Fund will mark the company’s fifth consecutive donation to the Fund’s Go Zero® program, by restoring native forests for wildlife and trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) in trees. The company’s grant will help plant native trees to offset the annual CO2 emissions associated with the electricity and propane use at five facilities, including their two corporate headquarters buildings for 2011. The donation also offsets the emissions associated with the annual roundtrip employee commutes for all five facilities.

The gift will enable the Fund to plant more than 10,700 trees across 35 acres at Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana that will trap an estimated 11,680 MTCO2e as the trees mature. Go Zero sponsors such as C&S are returning the Refuge to its natural floodplain in an effort to sustain wildlife including deer, turkey, bald eagle, Louisiana black bear and more than 265 species of migratory birds. Since the company’s first grant to Go Zero, C&S has supported the planting of approximately 35,700 trees and the restoration of 118 acres on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These newly restored forests do more than just address climate change; they leave a lasting legacy by improving important wildlife habitat, cleaning our air and waterways and enhancing outdoor recreational areas.

“There is no question that 35,700 trees is a lot of trees,” noted Gina Goff, Senior Director of Community Involvement at C&S Wholesale Grocers. “By partnering with The Conservation Fund and supporting Go Zero, we’re making a difference for the environment in a lasting and straightforward way. If other companies, especially those in the food industry, are inspired by our example, we would be especially proud,” she added.

“This year we celebrate the fifth anniversary of our partnership by restoring one of our planet’s most important and threatened resources—our forests,” said Jena Meredith, The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero Director. “We applaud C&S for reducing its impact on the planet and increasing its environmental commitment every year. C&S Wholesale Grocers is truly one of our finest Heroes of Go Zero.”

The Go Zero program works with individuals and companies such as C&S Wholesale Grocers to help reduce, and then offset, the carbon footprint of everyday activities. Donations help plant native trees in protected parks and wildlife refuges nationwide. The new forests will capture and store carbon over time, while creating habitat for birds, fish, bears and other wildlife.

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we combine a passion for conservation with an entrepreneurial spirit to protect your favorite places before they become just a memory. A hallmark of our work is our deep, unwavering understanding that for conservation solutions to last, they need to make economic sense. Top-ranked, we have protected more than 7 million acres across America.

About C&S Wholesale Grocers

C&S community involvement programs support initiatives to stop hunger and to promote the health and enrichment of communities that are homes to the company's employees and facilities.

C&S Wholesale Grocers of Keene, N.H. is the largest food wholesaler and according to Forbes magazine, the ninth largest privately held company in the United States. The company distributes food to supermarkets, retail stores and military bases across the country.

Currently, C&S serves about 3,900 stores from more than 50 locations in 11 states. Among our customers are many of America's best known companies, including Stop & Shop, Giant of Carlisle, Giant of Landover, Shaw's, Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P), Ralphs, Safeway and Target. http://www.cswg.com/

Press Release Contacts

Ann Simonelli | The Conservation Fund | 703-908-5809 | asimonelli@conservationfund.org

Gina Goff, (603) 354-7414