10,000 Trees Partnership inspired by resolve of tornado-ravaged communities; Henryville Schools earns first donation

The massive destruction wrought by tornadoes in Southern Indiana last month has inspired ecotech, a leading waste logistics company, to make a decade-long commitment to plant 10,000 trees throughout the Kentuckiana region.

The first donation of trees will go to Henryville Schools, which were severely damaged by a tornado on March 2. ecotech employees have been working for weeks at the elementary and junior-senior high school buildings to remove debris and assist with the reconstruction efforts underway.

“As we worked side by side with storm victims and volunteer to clear tons of debris, we were touched by the resolve of our neighbors to rebuild their homes, schools and lives,” said Robert Lee, president of ecotech. “We’re making the commitment to plant 10,000 trees to strengthen our communities, our neighborhood and our environment.”

ecotech provides waste disposal and recycling services for residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout the Louisville and Southern Indiana region. With the 10,000 Trees Partnership, ecotech will work with communities, schools, businesses and non-profit groups to plant trees in public spaces to help keep communities vibrant and sustainable.

ecotech is working closely with school officials in Henryville as they develop plans to replace trees damaged and destroyed by tornadoes, Lee said. The tree plantings will be scheduled later this year after construction crews have rebuilt school buildings and begin landscaping the school grounds.

“Trees are an important resource that we value more than ever after the destruction in our communities,” said Monty Schneider, Superintendent of West Clark Schools “This thoughtful and generous gift of trees by ecotech will benefit school children for generations to come.”

In the coming weeks and months, ecotech will announce additional pledges of trees to communities and neighborhoods throughout the region.

On Friday, April 27, Ecotech employees will help plant trees in downtown New Albany as part of the city’s Keep New Albany Clean and Green program. The planting event will take place at 10 a.m. Friday at MainSource Bank, 100 E. Spring Street, New Albany, Ind.

ecotech is looking for non-profit organizations, community groups, schools, businesses and local governments to join its partnership by committing to nurture trees provided by ecotech, Lee said. “We encourage our neighbors to join us in making a positive, lasting difference in the places we call home,” he said.

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