Burlington Hydro’s E-Billing Campaign Helps Fund Project to Enhance the Tree Canopy in the City’s Parks

October 25, 2017

Burlington, ON - Burlington Hydro (BHI) is very pleased to announce that $17,280 has been raised as a result of its successful e-billing campaign - ‘Help Plant-a-Tree in a Community Park’. With every new BHI e-billing registration made between September 15, 2016 and September 30, 2017, $5 is being donated to the City of Burlington to contribute to a project to plant trees in a community park.

“Thank you to the over 3,450 Burlington Hydro customers who made the switch to paperless billing and helped make this year-long initiative a resounding success,” said Gerry Smallegange, President and CEO, Burlington Hydro. “We’re giving back to our community in a way that not only enhances the landscape of our local parks, but provides the ongoing benefit of reducing our urban CO2 levels.”

The donation will go towards a project to plant a mix of mature and sapling Carolinian trees in the City’s Nelson Park (located on New Street just east of Walkers Line).  An official tree planting ceremony will be held in the spring of 2018.

“Thank you, Burlington Hydro, for this generous gift of trees for the community. New trees in Nelson Park, one of the city’s central sport and recreation hubs, will help create shaded areas for families to use while they watch sporting activities or enjoy outdoor time with their families,” said Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring. “Burlington Hydro should be commended for its environmental stewardship, encouraging residents to go paperless.”

“Any campaign with the aim of contributing to Burlington’s tree canopy is a positive thing for our City. I look forward to the spring planting and the many years of enjoyment it will afford to visitors to Nelson Park,” said Jack Dennison, Ward 4 Councillor.

An acre of mature trees absorbs 2.6 tonnes of CO2 per year which is equal to the amount produced by driving a mid-sized car 14,000 km.  Trees improve urban air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses - such as sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide - from the air and release oxygen. One mature tree can supply a day's supply of oxygen for four people.

About the City of Burlington’s Urban Forest

Burlington's urban forests cover more than 3,800 hectares. The City's varying topography encourages different tree species, ages and sizes. The urban forest includes extensive wooded natural areas, as well as hundreds of thousands of trees along roads, and in parks, yards and other open spaces. Current analysis estimates an average canopy cover of approximately 23%, comprised of 17% in the urban area and 28% in the rural area.

About Burlington Hydro

Burlington Hydro Inc. is an energy services company in the power distribution business. Serving approximately 67,000 residential and commercial customers, Burlington Hydro and its employees are committed to delivering safe, efficient and reliable electricity to the City of Burlington. The company is wholly owned by the City of Burlington.

Burlington Hydro continues to encourage its customers to go paperless and sign up for the company’s ViewMyBill electronic billing service. It’s easy to register and customers can download current and past electricity bills anywhere there is Internet access.