America in Bloom and CN Announce Partnership on Community Greening Projects
by Laura Kunkle
August 10, 2014

CN and America in Bloom today announced their new partnership and the launch of a new sustainability program in the United States supporting community greening projects along the CN rail corridor.

The CN EcoConnextions From the Ground Up program in the United States aims to create sustainable community greening and beautification projects that will contribute to a community’s environmental, economic, social and health benefits. From the Ground Up also provides opportunities for CN and the communities along its network to work together towards shared goals of environmental stewardship.

“CN is proud to bring this innovative program to promote tree planting in communities along the CN network to the United States,” said Claude Mongeau, CN president and Chief Executive Officer. “We have been amazed by the From the Ground Up projects we’ve seen across Canada and look forward to extending that record of success to cities and villages across the U.S.”

Marvin Miller, America in Bloom’s immediate past president and program coordinator, added, “We are very excited to be working with CN on this grant program, helping to bring more greening to American communities. From our experience with more than 200 towns across America, we know that quality landscaping is a necessity rather than a luxury, and that green spaces and plants create places that people are proud to call home.”

This year, CN will be opening the program to the United States with a limited scale launch to assess community interest along the rail corridors.

Selected municipalities, townships, other local governments and locally active non-profit groups in communities neighboring CN rail lines in the US are being invited to apply. CN's EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program will provide grants of up to $25,000 to communities amongst that group based on their project’s ability to match CN's grant, level of community engagement and the long term sustainability of the plantings.

About CN

CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) is a true backbone of the economy, transporting approximately C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries -- serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.

About America in Bloom

America in Bloom envisions communities across the country as welcoming and vibrant places to live, work, and play - benefitting from colorful plants and trees; enjoying clean environments; celebrating heritage; and planting pride through volunteerism. America in Bloom promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. America in Bloom is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and contributions to AIB are tax deductible.

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