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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -– Petroleum marketer Gulf Oil L.P. named Ron Casaubon of Lowell, Mass., the winner in its "Making Green Miles" program. The program provides consumers an online forum to share ideas about what they do to offset their carbon footprint and help the environment.
Casaubon's winning idea was to only use cloth napkins and real plates at home rather than paper towels or plates.
"Even though my wife and I both work and have hectic schedules, we decided to go back to basics and forget the paper," he said in a statement. "We also purchased a 52-gallon barrel, and all of our bottles and plastics go into it -- because the small green ones can't hold all of our recycling."
As the winner, 250 trees were planted in the family's name. Casaubon also received a $250 Gulf Gas Card, according to the company.
"We wanted to do our part, in a small way, to help promote constructive action that is unique and tangible," Gulf Oil President and Chief Operating Officer Ron Sabia said in a statement. "As a premiere energy brand in the Northeast, we must be sensitive to environmental issues in a way that make people think about how they can be responsible energy consumers and drivers, as well as stewards of the environment."
In addition, through the help of conservation group American Forests, Gulf Oil planted a total of 624 trees around the Delmarva Peninsula poultry farms in Delaware, which will improve water and air quality by reducing the movement of farmhouse dust, feathers and gases, the company stated.
American Forests works with communities on local efforts that plant trees to restore and maintain forest ecosystems. The group also calculates the value of urban forests, fosters environmental education, and improves public policy for trees at the national level, according to a released statement by Gulf Oil.
"We have a goal of planting 100 million trees by 2020," Deborah Gangloff, executive director of American Forests, said. "Our major campaigns focus on environmental restoration, and we encourage companies like Gulf Oil to help improve rural, suburban and urban ecosystems by planting and caring for trees that provide important environmental and economic benefits."
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