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CSX, City Year and Bethlehem Parks and Recreation team up to plant trees in Maple Ridge Park

Friday, September 28, 2012

CSX, City Year and Bethlehem Parks and Recreation team up to plant trees in Maple Ridge Park13:19 EDT Friday, September 28, 2012 (Business Wire) -- CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX):   What: Volunteers with CSX, City Year, ACTrees and the Town of Bethlehem will plant 23 trees and improve the landscaping at Maple Ridge Park. For more information on these projects, go to http://www.beyondourrails.org/calendar.   Who: CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation's leading transportation companies, connecting customers to ports, distribution centers and markets across the eastern United States. CSX created Beyond Our Rails as an extension of our organization — displaying our commitment to Safety, Community, the Environment and Wellness through grass-roots volunteerism and focused corporate giving — actively engaging employees and non-profit organizations in programs and initiatives designed to make the world a better place. City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization, founded in 1988, that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. In 23 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Corps members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs. Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees. With over 200 member organizations in 44 states and Canada, ACTrees engages volunteers to take action to improve the environment where 93% of people live: in cities, towns, and metropolitan areas. Together, ACTrees member organizations have planted and cared for over 15 million trees with help from over 5 million volunteers.   When: 8:00 am – 12:00 noon, Saturday, September 29, 2012   Where: Maple Ridge Park Elm Avenue East Selkirk, NY 12158   Why: Maple Ridge Park is in an area hit hard by the drought. The trees, selected for their ability to thrive in the climate, will aid in rainfall absorption, reduce runoff and increase soil water retention.   How: CSX is proud to sponsor organizations like City Year and ACTrees, in their efforts to improve parks, schools, recreational centers and other public places in the many types of rural, suburban and urban communities that CSX connects and serves. In September, the railway was added to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for its achievements in environmental performance, including reaching ahead of schedule the company's voluntary goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by eight percent and its “Trees for Tracks” program to plant one tree for each of the 21,000 miles of CSX track.   for CSXEric Hartsock, 443-858-4437ehartsock@exit10.com