Caring for the Urban Forest

In 2023, CoBank partnered with customers, including WestRock, to support Trees Atlanta, a nonprofit that protects and improves Atlanta's urban forest through planting, conservation and education.

Among the programs supported is the Youth Tree Team, a paid summer job training initiative that allows high school students to explore green jobs with hands-on experience while working alongside Trees Atlanta staff.

“As a global leader in sustainable paper and packaging solutions, our partnership with the Trees Atlanta Youth Tree Team aligns squarely with both of WestRock’s strategic community priorities—developing a workforce for manufacturing and environmental sustainability.

In addition to the Youth Tree Team playing an important role in maintaining Atlanta’s urban tree canopy, students are also exposed to career opportunities in a variety of green fields, including manufacturing,” shared Mandy Burnette, director, corporate giving at WestRock.

“We appreciate CoBank joining WestRock in support of Trees Atlanta and this important program for metro Atlanta’s youth.”

Combined CoBank and customer contributions to Trees Atlanta totaled $25,000 in 2023.

This story was originally published in the CoBank 2023 Sustainability Report.