Project Learning Tree and Esurance Team Up for GreenWorks! Initiative
Washington, DC — September 7, 2007
Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an environmental education program sponsored by the American Forest Foundation, announced its recent partnership with Esurance, the direct-to-consumer personal auto insurance company. PLT's GreenWorks! program provides schools with environmental service-learning grants.
Since 1992, PLT has provided schools with GreenWorks! grants focused on learning by doing. The grant gives students a chance to apply their classroom learning to community projects by partnering with local businesses and organizations. Projects range from growing organic gardens to creating citywide recycling programs, and are designed to develop students' leadership skills and sense of community pride. The GreenWorks! grant acts as an extension to the environmental education materials PLT provides to teachers through professional development workshops.
"Esurance was very interested in the GreenWorks! grants because they combine education and initiative to yield benefits for our environment. Safeguarding our environment is the task of all generations, so we have to get young people thinking about ways they can contribute. Project Learning Tree helps educators and students explore issues in their communities and create change that benefits us all," stated Kristin Brewe, Esurance's director of brand and public relations.
Added Kathy McGlauflin, senior vice president of education for the American Forest Foundation, "Leadership, environmental education, and community participation are at the core of PLT's GreenWorks! projects. Esurance clearly shares these values and we're delighted about this partnership. We expect many great environmental improvement projects to come of it."
Esurance's support makes GreenWorks! grants available to schools located near several of the company's regional offices, including Rocklin, CA; Gilbert, AZ; Sioux Falls, SD; Alpharetta, GA; and Addison, TX. For more information about this initiative, please visit: www.plt.org.
Esurance, a subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM), provides personal auto insurance direct to consumers online and through select online agents. Because of Esurance's virtually paperless online customer experience, Esurance policyholders have saved thousands of trees since the company's inception. In 2006, Esurance also helped plant over 20,000 trees through its support of urban reforestation programs.
Esurance is committed to safeguarding the environment through its own operational practices, including a hybrid claims fleet and carbon offset programs for its office locations. Esurance also supports a variety of environmental organizations across the U.S. For more information about Esurance's environmental initiatives, visit www.esurance.com/environment.