Partnership in Environment Promises Bright Futures for Youth

There are some days where we are simply struck by both the beauty and future significance of the present moment.

This was the case for me early Saturday morning, April 23, 2022, in York, Pennsylvania, as I first struggled a bit to break through the hard ground crust at Kain Park with my shovel.

A couple of my Enel Green Power colleagues and I had joined the New Freedom Lions to begin the first wave of planting more than 600 new trees of varying sizes in multiple York County parks. On this day, in continued celebration of Earth Day the day before, Enel embarked on a brand-new reforestation partnership with Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).

As I observed the large group of Honor Society students from Central York High School gleefully dig-in to plant their flats of tree seedlings, I smiled, reflecting on their bright futures ahead. Enel Green Power is currently developing multiple solar farm projects in Central Pennsylvania. As those projects mature and provide clean energy for Pennsylvania homes over a roughly 30-year life span, so will these brilliant young people grow and evolve. I could almost catch a glimpse of their future families enjoying the shade of the trees we were planting together on this cool and damp early spring morning.

As a mom myself, to a bubbly 10-year-old daughter, I am ultra-conscious of the speedy passage of time. I am so proud to have been a small part of these debut projects for Enel’s exciting new environmental partnership with LCIF.

As our new utility-scale renewable energy projects take root in host communities all across the nation, we will also be working together to plant another form of enormous green power, the treasured trees that help provide so many environmental and recreational benefits for all.

My Enel teammates and I are tremendously grateful for the great vision, hard work and dedication of the New Freedom and Dallastown Lions Clubs of York and partnership with LCIF. This feels like only the beginning of a powerful collaboration that will continue to benefit many communities across the U.S.