Appleby Bermuda and Bermuda airport align in their commitment to environmental sustainability

Leading offshore law firm Appleby has partnered with Skyport, the operators of Bermuda’s LF Wade International Airport, in the planting of 100 endemic cedar trees at the airport. The ‘100 Cedar Trees’ planting project was envisioned by Appleby, as a way to give back to Bermuda and to serve as a token of its commitment and contribution to help improve the island’s environment. The tree planting took place on 6 May with 100 endemic cedar trees planted throughout the airport grounds.

Brad Adderley, Appleby’s Managing Partner in Bermuda said, “We have been focused on participating and leading more environmentally-friendly initiatives, and this is our biggest undertaking to date, with more exciting things planned by our team.”

The Appleby Group, comprised of 10 offices globally, achieved the Planet Mark Business Certification in June 2023, underlining the Group’s commitment to environmental sustainability – with the Bermuda office taking the lead in introducing a Green Team committee in its continued effort to transition to a more environmentally friendly workspace for all. The committee is focused on office, home and community-based initiatives.

Brad adds, “We initially wanted to gift all our Appleby and AGS Bermuda employees an endemic cedar tree to plant at their place of residence, but realized that might not be possible for all colleagues and decided to purchase the 100 cedar trees and donate them on behalf of our Appleby team to the airport, where locals and visitors can enjoy them, and where they can thrive for years to come. We hope the cedar trees will further add to the airport’s already green and lush environment, which is beautified with oleanders and hibiscuses.”

Tree-planting has become a key initiative in many environmental campaigns around the world to help reduce the impact of carbon emissions and restore natural ecosystems. In 2020 the World Economic Forum launched the Trillion Trees campaign to help restore biodiversity and help fight climate change.

“This is our take on that campaign on a smaller scale. Our island home may be small but with everyone’s help, we too can make a difference to the environment and our community” – commented Brad.

Aaron Adderley, President Skyport said, “We are grateful for Appleby’s generous donation of 100 endemic cedar trees, a gesture that deeply aligns with Skyport’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship and our recent Level 1 certification under the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, which sets out to reduce our carbon footprint.

Planting these trees not only beautifies our airport but also creates a meaningful impact on our island’s ecosystem. This initiative is a testament to the power of corporate community investments and partnerships, and we applaud Appleby for its vision and OBMI for donating their professional services to ensure that the plantings complement the new terminal’s overall landscape design. Thank you also to the airport’s landscape contractor, Ace Landscaping for their assistance on the project.”

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