Planting trees for Earth Day

April 21, 2011 │ Brooklyn, NY

A team of 35 employees commemorated Earth Day by helping to green the streets of East New York, Brooklyn.

For the second year in a row, a team of Deutsche Bank employees participated in the Earth Day Corporate Challenge service event organized by New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and City Year New York. The annual event engages corporate volunteers in a large-scale service project that makes a dramatic impact on New York City’s natural environment. NYRP is the nonprofit partner behind MillionTreesNYC, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout the five boroughs by 2017.

Erich Mauff, head of Capital Markets & Treasury Solutions North America (CMTS-NA) and a Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation board member, led the company team and mobilized his group to join him in the day of service. A total of 35 employees – 21 from CMTS-NA alone – headed out to the East New York section of Brooklyn to contribute to a much-needed revitalization of the neighborhood surrounding an elementary school, P.S. 345. East New York is 1 of 6 "Trees for Public Health" target neighborhoods identified by the NYC Parks Department as having the greatest need for trees (due to relative scarcity and higher-than-average youth asthma rates).

In one day, over 150 volunteers from 7 corporate teams planted nearly 65 trees, built 10 large tree guards, and painted 6 large murals on the school’s exterior wall. The Deutsche team focused most of its efforts on planting new trees along the neighborhood’s streets.

Mauff has actively promoted his division’s awareness of Deutsche Bank’s CSR commitment and encouraged employees’ involvement in volunteer events. "I enjoy giving back to my community and sharing this interest with others," he said. "As professionals, we can do a lot to support the work of organizations that are helping to build safer, more vibrant neighborhoods for all."

Each tree stood several feet tall and weighed a few hundred pounds, so planting required collaboration by multiple volunteers. Nevertheless, there was opportunity for individual contributions to shine through: at the end of the day, NYRP crew chose Amelia Koh from Credit Risk Management as the day’s MVP, or "Most Valuable Planter."

Deutsche Bank employees have volunteered with NYRP, an organization that seeks to restore, revitalize and develop the City's underresourced parks and community gardens, since 2009.

For more information about New York Restoration Project, please click here.

http://www.nyrp.org

Erich Mauff, head of Capital Markets & Treasury Solutions North America (CMTS-NA) and a Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation board member, led an employee team to help revitalize Brooklyn for Earth Day. enlarge

Erich Mauff, head of Capital Markets & Treasury Solutions North America (CMTS-NA) and a Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation board member, led an employee team to help revitalize Brooklyn for Earth Day.

Erich Mauff, head of Capital Markets & Treasury Solutions North America (CMTS-NA) and a Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation board member, led an employee team to help revitalize Brooklyn for Earth Day.


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