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Thursday, April 15, 2010

UP participating in more than 100 Earth Day events

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Union Pacific will participate in more than 100 Earth Day events in nearly 70 communities in April. The events will include an array of activities such as tree plantings, beautification projects, hands-on school activities, shoe recycling programs and the annual Earth Day Fair at the Union Pacific Center in Omaha.

"I am extremely proud of the way so many of our employees are committed to environmental stewardship," said Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific vice president - Safety, Security and Environment. "Our goal is for every employee to play a role in reducing Union Pacific's environmental footprint as well as their individual environmental impact."

Among Union Pacific's Earth Day plans are the following.

• In metropolitan St. Louis, tree plantings, essay contests and kid-friendly environmental presentations are some of the activities Union Pacific employees will shepherd at schools in Dupo and East St. Louis, Illinois, as well as St. Louis and De Soto, Missouri.

• In Colton, Calif., employee volunteers will work to clean up the Mary Vagle Nature Center, a nature trail preservation.

• In Fort Worth, Texas, employees will join local volunteers in cleanup of two neighborhood parks and a community center.

• In suburban Chicago, Union Pacific employees will help clean up a stretch of the Illinois Prairie Path, a 62-mile multi-use limestone trail.

• In Cheyenne, Wyo., Union Pacific will collaborate with the city, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, a local Boy Scout troop and other organizations on the Ames Avenue beautification project that will result in planting native grasses, trees and shrubs.

• In Tucson, Union Pacific will donate materials to homes being constructed by the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.

• In Houston, Union Pacific volunteers will present special environmental lessons to students at E.O. Smith School.

• In South St. Paul, Minnesota, employee volunteers will work with other community organizations to help with the River Bike Path cleanup. Union Pacific's rail yard parallels the bike path.

Many of the communities throughout Union Pacific's 23-state system can trace their origins directly to a Union Pacific depot. Today, railroads are the freight transportation answer to reducing America's emissions and related greenhouse gas emissions.

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