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UCM Broadcasters, Powell Gardens "Go Green"

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 08/08/2007 - In a unique partnership designed to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere, KMOS-TV and 90.9The Bridge, UCM's public broadcasting stations, and Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden, have teamed up to launch "Go Green," a joint effort to plant carbon-reducing trees and maintain the natural environment for generations of viewers and listeners.

Members Can Help Reduce Carbon Footprint

By harnessing the support of contributing members, the stations will join forces with Powell Gardens to finance the innovative project that will create an ongoing effort to reduce the "carbon footprint" of the stations.

Powell Gardens Provides Expertise

"KMOS-TV viewers and 90.9 The Bridge listeners will be given the opportunity to chip in an extra $5 with their membership contributions," said Donald W. Peterson, director of Broadcasting Services at UCM. "Each contribution will be used to plant trees, under the supervision and direction of the experts at Powell Gardens."

The "Go Green" initiative kicks off in August during KMOS-TV's membership drive.

Educational Programs Will Benefit

"We're happy to be partnering with UCM's public broadcasting stations," said Eric Tschanz, president and executive director of Powell Gardens. The additional funds will be used to incorporate more seedling and sapling planting projects in Powell Gardens' educational programs.

"This will have the added benefit of teaching children the value of reducing carbon in the atmosphere," said Tschanz.  He left open the possibility that special plantings might also be made with resources provided by the innovative "Go Green" campaign. He added that other businesses and industries in the area also may use the KMOS/90.9 The Bridge model to help reduce their own carbon footprints.

For More Information

For more information about "Go Green," contact the UCM Office of Broadcasting Services at 660-543-4155.


Donald Peterson, second from left, director of Broadcasting
Services at the University of Central Missouri, and
Eric Tschanz, second from right, president and executive director of
Powell Gardens, finalize arrangements for "Go Green," a joint effort by the
university's public broadcasting stations and Kansas City's botanical garden to
preserve the environment. Also present were Jon Hart, left, program director
for 90.9 The Bridge, and Mark Pearce, right, coordinator for corporate
and community support for both stations.