Duke Energy Florida to Give Away 1,200 Free Trees to Customers to Honor Florida Arbor Day

Jan. 17, 2020 – Duke Energy Florida, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program, is giving away 1,200 free trees to its customers to honor Florida Arbor Day today.

Duke Energy customers can request a free tree, in a 1-gallon pot, online at arborday.org/dukeenergy starting today and continuing until all trees are distributed.

The trees are shipped directly to customers’ homes with planting and care instructions. They are expected to be delivered in time for National Arbor Day, April 24, 2020.

Available tree species include the Crape myrtle, Dahoon Holly, Little Gem Magnolia, Sweetbay Magnolia and Red Bottlebrush.

Duke Energy Florida is investing $50,000 to purchase the trees and has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to distribute them.

Duke Energy has participated in the program for four consecutive years. Since 2017, the company has given away 8,740 trees to customers throughout the state.

“We’re proud to continue offering free trees to our customers for the fourth straight year,” said Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida president. “Trees planted in the right place help conserve energy, enable us to provide safe and reliable energy, and beautify our communities.”

The Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees and Tree Line USA programs demonstrate how trees and utilities can co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens by highlighting best management practices in public and private utility arboriculture. Duke Energy Florida has been recognized for its tree management practices for 14 consecutive years.

For information about planning and planting vegetation around electrical facilities, please visit Duke Energy’s Right Tree Right Place website.

2019 Community Impact

Duke Energy Florida energized its communities with more than power in 2019, by investing nearly $3 million in Sunshine State nonprofit organizations.

The grants were awarded by the Duke Energy Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to meet critical community needs through its Powerful Communities program. The program funds community impact initiatives focused on K-12 education, nature, workforce and economic development.

The company partnered with the Tampa Bay Rays on its Victories for Veterans program for the fourth consecutive year, donating $105,000 through the Duke Energy Foundation to charities that support veterans across the state.

The Duke Energy Foundation also responded to emergent needs that arose in 2019, including $150,000 to Hurricane Michael recovery efforts.

Additionally, company employees volunteered almost 20,000 hours in their communities in 2019.

For more information on the Duke Energy Foundation, visit duke-energy.com/foundation.

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