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UPlifting Communities One Tree at a Time

Planting a Tree Seedling

What is ProjectUP?

Trees are fundamental to our survival and are at the heart of every thriving community. From slowing climate change to improving our mental health, trees are a catalyst for positive environmental, societal and economic change.

At PCA, trees are essential to what we do. We understand their vital importance to our environment and overall well-being.

Through ProjectUP, PCA partners with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees in identified areas of need. Together, with the help of volunteers that include our employees, customers and community members, we uplift communities through the revival of urban spaces, giving residents access to trees and the countless benefits they provide.

ProjectUP Detroit 5 2024 event collage

Detroit, May 2024

On May 23, 2024, PCA partnered with The Greening of Detroit and the Arbor Day Foundation to plant over 25 trees in a developing part of Detroit. Special thanks to PCA team members from our Plymouth, Michigan, facility who volunteered and helped make this event possible.

Collage of images from October 2023 ProjectUP tree planting in Chicago

Chicago, October 2023

On Thursday, October 26, 2023, PCA partnered with The Morton Arboretum and the Arbor Day Foundation to plant nearly 50 trees at Perspectives Leadership Campus in Chicago, Illinois. Thank you to all the volunteers who participated.

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Arbor Day Foundation Logo

ProjectUP was started in 2011 by Boise Paper, a division of Packaging Corporation of America. Working with the Arbor Day Foundation, community leaders and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, ProjectUP has revitalized neglected spaces and improved communities across the U.S. through the planting of thousands of trees.

In 2023 the initiative was expanded to be companywide. This will provide opportunities for even more employees and communities to become involved.

To learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation and how you can get involved, click here.