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Suburban Propane supports California reforestation efforts

April 13, 2021 By    

Suburban Propane Partners is supporting the reforestation efforts in the North Bay region of Northern California, spearheaded by Santa Rosa’s Downtown Action Organization, through a sizable monetary donation, the company announced.

Photo: Suburban Propane via Cadance Hinkle Allinson

From left, Peter Rumble, CEO of the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber; Adam Jackson, Suburban Propane; and Sonu Chandi, board member of the Downtown Action Organization and local business owner, stand next to a tree originally planted as part of the Courthouse Square reunification program. Suburban Propane’s donation will help fund the replacement of dead trees throughout a full block of Santa Rosa’s downtown area, set to begin in May. (Photo: Suburban Propane via Cadance Hinkle Allinson)

Santa Rosa’s Downtown Action Organization will utilize the donation toward reforestation efforts, which have been ongoing since the devastating wildfires of 2019 and were delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Suburban Propane’s donation will help fund the replacement of dead trees throughout a full block of Santa Rosa’s downtown area. In 2020, more than 4 million acres of trees in California were destroyed due to widespread wildfires.

“It’s been a challenging year for our small and local businesses in downtown Santa Rosa,” says Cadance Hinkle Allinson, executive director of the Downtown Action Organization. “The owners and managers have been working incredibly hard to continue serving our community. Planting new trees is the perfect way to both recognize them and beautify and improve our downtown area. This project would not have been possible without the support of Suburban Propane. Stepping up in the generous way that they did to help fund the tree planting in our downtown area will make an impact for our entire community for many years to come.”

Suburban Propane says the financial commitment to help reforestation efforts in sections of California hit hard by wildfires was made through its SuburbanCares corporate pillar, which focuses on philanthropic endeavors in the local communities it serves.

“With the positive impact that reforestation can make in restoring biodiversity, rebalancing ecological systems and combating climate change, this effort is also in line with our commitment to a sustainable energy future through our ‘Go Green with Suburban Propane’ initiatives,” says Nandini Sankara, spokesperson for Suburban Propane.

Renewable propane contract renewal

Suburban Propane also announced a contract extension for the purchase and supply of renewable propane in California.

Renewable propane, used to power over-the-road vehicles and forklifts, offers low carbon emissions and is made using renewable resources, including certain biomass feedstocks. While traditional propane provides an affordable and clean energy solution to contribute to the goal of reducing the nation’s carbon footprint, renewable propane possesses even lower carbon intensity than traditional propane, with no change in performance or handling, the company explains.

With the contract extension, Suburban will supply about 1 million gallons of renewable propane into the California market, through March 2022, to meet customer demand for a renewable energy source.

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Brian Richesson is the editor in chief of LP Gas Magazine. Contact him at brichesson@northcoastmedia.net or 216-706-3748.

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