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WestJet offsets 2009 paper use by planting trees
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WestJetters and IKON employees plant 570 trees in City of Calgary park

CALGARY, July 9 /CNW/ - WestJet and IKON will plant 570 trees in a Calgary park today, estimated to offset all of WestJet's expected Calgary Campus paper use for 2009. The WestJet-IKON tree plant will occur at Carburn Park in Calgary's southeast and approximately 30 WestJetters and 30 IKON employees will plant trees donated by the City of Calgary.

"As Canada's preferred airline, WestJet is committed to the environment and our WestJetters are demonstrating that today with the WestJet-IKON tree plant," said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Culture and Communications. "With partners like IKON, WestJet continues on the path toward gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for our new Calgary Campus.

"This is a great opportunity for us all to make a difference to the community and to the environment. IKON, a Ricoh Company, is very excited to partner with WestJet and the City of Calgary in reducing our carbon footprint as a team," said Kara Leckman, IKON Calgary Sales Manager. "This is the fifth consecutive year that Ricoh has been listed in the "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World," known as the "Global 100". IKON and WestJet are focused on making this an annual event."

The trees and location for the WestJet-IKON tree plant were provided by The City of Calgary as part of their Adopt-a-Park program.

"We are always grateful for the support of local businesses, like WestJet and IKON, that help us to meet our goal of a sustainable and increasing urban forest in Calgary," said Anne Charlton, Director for The City of Calgary Parks. "Through partnerships like this, we are working together to preserve and protect our natural environment, and encouraging our employees, and ultimately all Calgarians, to become environmental stewards."

The WestJet-IKON tree plant will begin at 12:45 p.m. at Carburn Park (8925 Riverview Drive SE, picnic site No. 1), with a short presentation followed by a 15-minute walk to the tree-planting site and then the tree planting. Local media are invited.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 66-city North American and Caribbean network. Named one of Canada's most admired corporate cultures in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 79 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 42 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 121 by 2013, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

About IKON

IKON Office Solutions (Canada), Inc. (, a Ricoh company, is a leading provider of innovative document management systems and services, enabling customers to improve document workflow and increase efficiency. IKON leverages the manufacturing and engineering expertise of Ricoh, a $20 billion global technology innovator, with the experience and reach of its locally based sales and services teams, to provide end-to-end solutions and one of the industry's broadest portfolios of document management services.

About The City of Calgary Parks

The City of Calgary Parks works to create and sustain a vibrant, healthy, safe and caring community as a planner, protector, facilitator, educator and provider of parks and open space in Calgary. As a steward of Calgary's open space system and environment, Parks is committed to protecting the value and quality of the assets charged to its care - including natural areas, pathways, playgrounds and cemeteries. The City of Calgary Parks strives for high-quality standards and sustainability within its parks and open-space system, while ensuring that they remain accessible for the enjoyment and outdoor pursuits of all Calgarians.