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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 20, 2008) - KMOS-TV and 90.9 The Bridge, UCM ’s public broadcasting stations, recently made the first contribution toward a long-term commitment to protecting the environment with the presentation of a check for $1,500 to Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical gardens.
The check was the first donation of funding provided by viewers and listeners toward “Go Green,” a cooperative effort between the stations and Powell Gardens to reduce the carbon footprints of the stations.
Members Can Make a Difference
The stations and Powell Gardens announced the cooperative effort during KMOS-TV’s August 2007 pledge drive. With each membership renewal, KMOS-TV viewers and 90.9 The Bridge listeners may donate an additional $5 to “Go Green.” Proceeds will be used for the planting of trees under the supervision of the Powell Gardens horticulture staff.
Only the Beginning
The presentation to Eric Tschanz, president and executive director of Powell Gardens, by Donald W. Peterson, director of Broadcasting Services, and Mark Pearce, coordinator for corporate and community support, will provide the first round of funds for the plantings that will maintain the natural environment.
“Our viewers and listeners responded by joining us in the partnership with Powell Gardens, and we appreciate that confirmation of our commitment to preserving the environment,” Peterson said. “This is just the first of what will be many presentations of this kind, and we look forward to continuing this important partnership with Powell Gardens.”
Learning That Trees are Important to the Environment
“This partnership will allow us to literally green the Gardens by planting additional trees here,” said Tschanz. “But even more importantly, this fund will help us teach children about why trees matter—and provide them with seedlings they can nurture and observe at home.”
For More Information
For more information about UCM’s public broadcasting stations or “Go Green,” contact the Office of Broadcasting Services at 660-543-4155.