Project EverGreen Announces 2006 ‘Because Green Matters’ Award Program

Project EverGreen announces its second annual Because Green Matters Award program. The award is presented each year on Earth Day, April 22, to a company, organization or individual that promotes the beneficial effects of green spaces through a major project to create or improve a green space.

In 2005, Project EverGreen recognized the University of Akron for adding 30 acres of open green spaces, featuring many new and abundant landscape enhancements, including the planting of 30,000 new trees that line the defined campus. “The University of Akron embodies exactly what we promote through Project EverGreen,” says Den Gardner, executive director. “It is creating an environment at the campus that encourages a sense of identity for the students and helps them see how green spaces enhance their outlook and well-being.”

The award is open to anyone. Interested parties may nominate themselves, their company or organization. Applications will be judged and a winner selected by a group of independent, expert judges. Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2006. The winner will be notified in March 2006.

Project EverGreen is a national non-profit organization representing green industry service (end-user) providers, associations, suppliers/distributors, media companies and other organizations. Project EverGreen’s mission is to raise the awareness of the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of landscapes and promote the significance of those who preserve and enhance green spaces at home, work and play.

In late 2004, Project EverGreen launched a national media campaign to inform U.S. consumers on the positive effects of well-maintained green spaces, including lawns and landscapes, sports turf, golf courses and parks. Please go to www.projectevergreen.com for more information or contact Den Gardner toll-free at 1-877-758-4835 or 952-758-9135.

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