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UPS Americas employees make a "special" delivery to Gwen Cherry Park

MIAMI (October 31, 2016)

UPS Americas employees delivered a different kind of package to Gwen Cherry Park this past Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.  For the third consecutive year, UPS Americas employees participated in a volunteer tree-planting project at a Miami-Dade County park as part of UPS’s “Global Volunteer Month,” which happens across the globe during the month of October.  More than 50 Florida-native trees were planted thanks to a $25,000 grant award from The UPS Foundation to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade in support of Million Trees Miami and its goal to plant one million trees by the year 2020.  This project also advances UPS’s worldwide sustainability goal to plant one million trees around the world each year. 

The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS), focuses on volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment as the areas of giving where its backing will make the greatest impact on social issues. 

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and its Million Trees Miami Fund to help increase tree canopy at Gwen Cherry Park,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS.  “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

“On behalf of the Parks Foundation’s Board of Directors and as Director of Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, I’d like to thank The UPS Foundation for their generous support that will help us in our mission of conservation and stewardship of our County’s precious public lands,” said Parks Director Jack Kardys.  “Growing our community’s tree canopy provides numerous social, economic, health and environmental benefits and leaves a lasting green legacy for future generations.”

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Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors. 

SPECIAL NOTE: ORDINANCE No. 16-58, NEW PARK RULE BANNING POLYSTYRENE (STYROFOAM) PRODUCTS IN PARKS AND BEACHES
Beginning July 1, 2017, all polystyrene products (Styrofoam) will be banned in parks and beaches.   The ordinance prohibits persons from bringing any polystyrene item onto park property, such as coolers, plates, bowls, cups, lids, to-go containers, cutlery, tableware, boxes, bags, wrappings and others. 

About The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the  deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.  Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs.  Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities.  In 2015, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $110 million in charitable giving around the world and recorded more than 2.3 million hours of volunteer service.  The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation.  To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.