PHOENIX,– In celebration of Earth Day, Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) today announced its $2 million sponsorship to the City of Phoenix to help revitalize Margaret T. Hance Park in the downtown, by transforming it into an emblematic urban space which participates in the animation of the civic, cultural and economic life of the city. The contribution from the Republic Services Charitable Foundation will help fund the park’s Republic Services Garden, a sustainable one-acre oasis featuring native desert plants and shaded walking and resting areas. Construction of the garden is already underway and is expected to open in time for Phoenix’s hosting of Super Bowl LVII in February 2023.
“At its core, Republic’s vision is to partner with customers to create a more sustainable world, so we’re proud to be working through our charitable foundation with the City of Phoenix on our largest community revitalization project. neighborhood to date,” said Jon Vander Ark, President. and CEO, Republic Services. “This $2 million commitment to improve our community and create stronger, cleaner and healthier spaces in the neighborhoods where we live and work is an example of how the 35,000 members of our team put sustainability first. stock.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Republic Services, one of Phoenix’s largest public companies, to bring change and revitalize Phoenix’s most iconic park. Green and open gathering spaces make our environment downtown- more livable city, and a revitalized Hance Park is a necessity for the growing downtown community,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “We look forward to our continued work with the Republic Services team to make a difference in the lives of our Phoenix neighbors by providing a revitalized urban space for all to enjoy.”
The one-acre Republic Services Garden will be a sustainable oasis featuring 33 native desert plants chosen for their ability to thrive in the Phoenix heat and require low water usage. These include nearly 60 trees as well as 4,000 visually striking groundcovers, vines, grasses, perennials, succulents and shrubs. The diverse selection of plants will provide habitat for pollinators such as butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. The area will feature a recycled steel canopy to shade walking paths, rest areas and swings, and energy-efficient LED security lighting is included for nighttime use.
“As Downtown Phoenix continues to grow exponentially, it’s more important than ever that we preserve and nurture outdoor gathering spaces like Hance Park,” said District 7 Councilman Yassamin Ansari. “I am thrilled to see Republic Services’ commitment to sustainability in the park with the oasis of native desert plants and a recycled canopy for shade. Building sustainable communities that serve future generations is a top priority for me, and I’m thrilled for the many people who will be able to enjoy this enhanced natural attraction in District 7!”
Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the country and consistently ranks among the fastest growing major cities. The 32-acre Hance Park is in the midst of important cultural, arts, educational, and community institutions, and serves as a unique intersection between multiple neighborhoods in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The $2 million sponsorship is one of the largest contributions ever made to the first phase of Hance Park’s $45 million revitalization efforts. More information about the Hance Park Revitalization Project can be found at the Margaret T. Hance Park Revitalization Project (phoenix.gov).
Charitable giving is at the heart of Republic’s ambitious 2030 sustainability goals. Since 2018, the Foundation has positively impacted nearly 6 million people and aims to increase that number to 20 million through charitable efforts. by 2030. Other local projects funded by the Foundation have included National Neighborhood Promise® grants to revitalize Phoenix neighborhoods and donations to local projects such as the Desert Mission Mobile Food Pantry. For more information about the Republic Services Charitable Foundation and the National Neighborhood Promise® program, please visit RepublicServices.com/giving.
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