Corporate employees help to restore land and water

Corporate employees help to restore land and water

In 2015, Great River Greening worked with over 2,000 volunteers from all backgrounds, and this includes volunteers from leading businesses and corporations within the Twin Cities. Thomson Reuters, Ecolab, Andersen Corporation, 3M, RBC, and CBRE are some of the companies that sponsored employee volunteer events, involving cumulatively more than 200 colleagues.

Thomson Reuter at Fish Creek

This was Thomson Reuters’ third year at Fish Creek Open Space, in Maplewood. Over two days, employees planted and mulched around more than 2,500 trees and shrubs, making a big impact on erosion control and diversity of wildlife habitat.

EcolabThe Nature Conservancy at Fish Creek2

Ecolab and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) combined forces at Fish Creek Open Space in Maplewood to plant and mulch over 100 oak trees that will close a gap in the tree canopy.


Renewal by Andersen, and its parent company Andersen Corporation, also aligned with TNC on their annual “Nature Preservation Day.”  Employees volunteered at two sites near their hometown of Cottage Grove, cutting 2 acres of sumac at St. Croix Savanna SNA, and clearing out brush to save oak trees at South Washington Conservation Corridor.

“It feels good to work for a company who works with passionate, determined and skilled organizations that are tackling incredibly important issues benefiting our planet and our people.”
-Andersen Corporation employee

3M at Fish Creek1

Employees from 3M also spread mulch around hundreds of young trees and planted 500 pollinator plugs in Fish Creek Open Space.

RBC at Westwood Hills Nature Center

RBC Employees spent an afternoon at Westwood Hills Nature Center in St. Louis Park, thinning invasive and over-abundant trees to allow in more sunlight, and stabilizing the bare soil by planting 300 native wildflowers.

CBRE at Pilot Knob

At Pilot Knob Hill in Mendota Heights, CBRE employees from Bloomington set up fencing for conservation sheep grazing. When the sheep arrived at the end of the day, they carried them into the newly fenced area.

Afton Alps volunteer at Afton State Park

Employees from Afton Alps/Vail Resorts planted 570 sedges at Afton State Park to secure Trout Brook stream banks.

Workday at Valley Park

Workday employees pulled garlic mustard to fill ten yard bags, and planted native flowers and grasses at Valley Park in Mendota Heights.

GRG Board at Trout Brook

Taking a lead from these many businesses, the Great River Greening board decided to institute its own team-building event at Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary, adding more native plants to the restored brownfield in St. Paul.

Other companies organized large numbers of their staff to spend a morning getting their hands dirty at our public events, including Aetna, Fairmount Santrol, Land O’ Lakes, Optum/UHC, Pohlad Companies, Stoel Rives, and Summit Brewing.For information about Corporate volunteer opportunities >  Read More