Planting seeds for a cleaner, greener future

Planting seeds for a cleaner, greener future

From August through October, our Community Roots Program made its way across PA.  

Our employees visited events, like baseball games, throughout our service territory, to deliver free plants and seeds to our customers. Their mission: spread the word about pollinators and how important it is to protect and preserve the environment we all love. 

Along the way, they met a few plant enthusiasts, environmental champions, and captured some great moments. 

Check them out! 

In Williamsport, Chris Stamatedes, PPL Electric’s Regional Director of Operations, threw out the first pitch at the largest attended Crosscutters baseball game of the season! 

PPL employee throws out first pitch

We also visited one of the coolest spots in the area for First Friday- The Lancaster Science Factory. 

Display of pollinator plants at Lancaster Science Factory

And we couldn’t miss an Iron Pigs game at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown! 

PPL employees standing behind table of plants at Coca Cola Park

We spent a beautiful sunny day at the Newfoundland Farmers Market and donated more than 250 mint plants to our friends in the Northeast region. 

People talking at table of plants

At the Forks Farmers Market in Orangeville our volunteers arrived in style with our electric vehicle. They spent the day talking with customers about how we plant pollinators in our right-of-way areas.  

PPL employees standing at table with plants next to PPL electric vehicle

We passed through Schuylkill County and set up a booth at the Hometown Farmers Market. There, customers had the opportunity to package their own native pollinator seed mix to plant at their homes. 

Table of pollinator seed mixes

 

Did you pick up a mint plant or pollinator seeds at one of our recent events?  Post pictures of your planted pollinators on Facebook. Tag PPL Electric Utilities, and use the hashtag: #MyPPLPollinatorPatch. 

And if we missed you this season, don’t worry- we’ll be back! Follow us on social media for upcoming Community Roots pop-ups! 

 

Preparing for a minty fall

Preparing for a minty fall

We’re passionate about pollinators and the positive impact they have on our environment. Birds, bees, and butterflies are just a few of the pollinators that help sustain our ecosystem. And we’re committed to preserving and protecting them.

Since 2017, we have distributed more than 105,000 free trees through our Community Roots program to help preserve the environment by reducing greenhouse gases and promoting healthy waterways.

Now, we’re adapting our Community Roots efforts and focusing on giving these birds, bees, and butterflies a natural food source. A minty one, at that!

We’ll be providing free pollinator-friendly mountain mint, grown by Edge of the Woods Plant Nursery, at baseball games and farmers’ markets across our territory through the fall.

Visit pplelectric.com or follow us on social media for updates on our environmental programs and upcoming events near you.

Planting your own pollinators? Post a photo on Facebook, tag PPL Electric Utilities, and use the hashtag #MyPPLPollinatorPatch.

Thanks for joining us in our efforts towards a greener future!

Delivering trees for a greener future

Delivering trees for a greener future

Thousands of blueberry, serviceberry, eastern redbud, river oak and sycamore trees are getting planted across our territory, thanks to our Community Roots program.

Just this week, our employees distributed nearly 12,000 tree seedlings to conservation organizations, such as Wildlands Conservancy in Lehigh County, where they’re being prepared for spring planting.

Since 2017, we have distributed more than 105,000 free trees to help preserve the environment by reducing greenhouse gases, promoting healthy waterways, and giving birds, bees, and butterflies a natural food source.

The trees, which also help to beautify parks and other public spaces, are given to environmentally focused groups, municipal and county governments and fourth grade students at schools in our service territory.

Community Roots is a great way for us to promote trees and their benefits and reinforce to the public our commitment to the environment,” said Lori Burkert, manager of Environmental Compliance.

Employees loading tree seedlings on a truck

Employees standing in field with tree seedlings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Bee Day

World Bee Day

Caring about the environment means more than just following rules and regulations.

It’s about doing more because you want to do more.

That’s why something like World Bee Day matters to us at PPL.

Right now, we’re working to come up with a program to grow pollinator-attracting plants on our own properties, as well as being able to offer pollinator seed mix to property owners when we’re restoring land after a construction project.

Pollination by bees, butterflies and other animals help produce 75 percent of the world’s food according to the World Economic Forum. However, declines in bee populations in several places, including North America, have scientists concerned.

In addition to pollinators, we’re engaged in other initiatives designed to improve the world around us. Our Community Roots program has provided more than 105,000 free trees to conservation organizations. We’ve also installed nesting platforms for ospreys across our service territory to help them stay away from power lines and ensure reliable service for our customers.

For more about our environmental activities, visit pplelectric.com/environment.