Duquesne Light Company Celebrates
Earth Day and Arbor Day Through Volunteerism

In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day last month, nearly 40 Duquesne Light Company (DLC) employees volunteered for various environmental projects across the Pittsburgh region.


May 5, 2021

Going Green for Earth Day

On April 22, nearly a dozen DLC employees honored Earth Day by volunteering with Repair the World Pittsburgh at Sunny’s Community Garden, a newly established garden in Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District. Unlike other community gardens where residents rent plots of land, Sunny’s will provide free produce for anyone in the community and also include open gathering areas. Volunteers helped prepare the garden for the season by filling soil beds, laying wood chips, building a walkway, planting flowers and constructing a fence.

Learn more about the project in this article by the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle.

Continuing Arbor Day Traditions

On April 30, DLC continued its annual recognition of Arbor Day by volunteering for two tree-planting projects. That morning, the company’s Vegetation Management team partnered with the City of Pittsburgh Forestry Division to plant utility-compatible trees in Highland Park along the Stanton Avenue entrance. For the past 20 years, DLC has partnered with the City of Pittsburgh and the Forestry Division on tree plantings across the Pittsburgh region, and also to educate local residents and DLC customers.

The planting was also a way for DLC to honor its partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Line USA program. DLC has received the Tree Line USA award for 20 straight years from the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters for adhering to vegetation management best practices within the utility industry.

On the afternoon of April 30, nearly 20 DLC employees joined Friends of the Riverfront for a volunteer event along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Despite rainy conditions, volunteers weeded and mulched native trees and shrubs along the trail. They also picked up trash and prepared a garden bed to be filled with native flowers this fall.

Visit DLC’s website to learn more about the company’s commitment to the community.