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Plant A Tree Partnership Exceeds Expectations

March 23, 2015

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Can you imagine more than half a million trees being planted in forests simply because customers decided to receive their statements online? In March of 2012, Nelnet began a three-year partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a tree for every borrower who joined us on the path to paperless  – and as of March 2015, 612,965 have done so.

By partnering with the Foundation, Nelnet has helped support the quality of our country’s environment and well-being by choosing to plant in forests that were in great need of restoration. After seeing the devastating effects of the Hayman Fire in 2002, Nelnet chose to plant seedlings in Colorado’s Pike National Forest in an attempt to restore a portion of the 137,000 acres that were burned in the fire.

Photo credit: Heath Alselke, flickr

Photo credit: Heath Alselke, flickr

After the Pike National Forest was filled, we began planting in California. Once fully grown, these trees will improve air quality, recycle water, create shade, and provide food and homes for living things. They will also have the ability to produce roughly 65,000 pounds of oxygen – enough to supply 168 people with a yearly supply of oxygen.

“Being able to partner with the Arbor Day Foundation in planting over 600,000 trees is a huge accomplishment,” says Stacy Stevens, a supervisor in Nelnet’s Arbor Day call center. “When this program started, we thought we would plant around 75,000 seedlings a year. We never anticipated that it would grow to this extent so quickly.”

Nelnet is grateful for all those borrowers who have successfully helped us restore some of our nation’s most beautiful and precious natural environments.

 

Chrissy Rydl, Associate Corporate Communications Writer, Nelnet

Chrissy Rydl, Associate Corporate Communications Writer, Nelnet

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