BGE, law firm team up to plant trees in Baltimore


— In support of environmental stewardship and in an effort to improve air quality and reduce carbon footprints throughout central Maryland, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) teamed up with law firm Hogan Lovells and the Baltimore Tree Trust to plant 25 trees on barren streets throughout McElderry Park in southeast Baltimore.

Recently, Baltimore Tree Trust was awarded a $10,000 grant through the BGE Green Grants program in support of its efforts, including the “Trees for Public Health” initiative. This initiative, which kicked off in 2012, has a goal of planting 800 trees by the end of 2013, through the support of volunteers from companies such as BGE and Hogan Lovells.

“BGE and its employees are committed to protecting the environment and improving the quality of life for our customers in the communities we serve throughout central Maryland,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs for BGE.

Since its’ founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of education, economic development, environment and arts and culture.

In addition, through BGE’s employee volunteer network, “Energy for the Community,” employees lend their time and passion to corporate citizenship activities. Last year, BGE employees, friends and family volunteered over 18,000 hours with more than 160 community organizations.

Good citizenship is one of Hogan Lovells’ core values. Through its Community Investment initiative, which includes a dedicated commitment to the environment, it is able to build long-standing relationships with local communities through sustainability and environmental projects.