29 April 2005 – Constellation Energy has donated $300 000 to the Alliance of Chesapeake Bay for the purchase of 30 000 trees, which will be planted along 6.2 miles of streams.
In total, the reforestation programme will span 75 acres over three years and will capture between 4 and 4.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide per acre, per year. Upon completion of the project, it is expected that at least 300 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year will be reduced. As the trees are to be planted along waterways, they are also expected to improve the quality of the water that ultimately empties into the Chesapeake Bay.
David Bancroft, executive director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, said: “I’m extremely excited about this grant and the opportunity it affords us to offset greenhouse gas emissions while helping improve a critical part of the Bay watershed.”