Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh City Center and Students of Miller African Centered Academy Get to the Root of Community Service As Part of Nationwide Environmental Education Effort

Released: May 22, 2006

PITTSBURGH, PA, — In an effort to teach kids about the power of environmental education in their own communities, the students of Miller African Centered Academy and volunteers from the Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh City Center are doing their part to care for the community they live in by taking part in a unique, nationwide educational initiative that focuses on the environmental 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Through a unique relationship with The National Arbor Day Foundation®, which recently designated Pittsburgh as a “Tree City USA,” Doubletree volunteers and elementary school students across the U.S. and Canada will collectively plant more than 10,000 trees in 160 communities this spring to demonstrate how they can show they care about the world they live in, by working together on projects right in their own communities.

As part of the project, students at Miller Academy already have worked hand in hand with their teachers and Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh City Center volunteers to turn collected trash into artistic treasures known as “litter critters.” These “critters,” created from recycled household products, encouraged students to develop essays that discuss the positive impacts for these animals that can come from practicing the environmental 3Rs in their everyday lives.

Since 2002, Teaching Kids to CARE™ is a community-based outreach initiative that has connected Doubletree hotels with local elementary schools and youth groups to educate children about making conscious decisions, such as caring for their community and the environment.

“The Teaching Kids to CARE Spring Environmental Education Initiative with The National Arbor Day Foundation provides a ”breath of fresh air“ to both adults and kids from their everyday routine, by once again reinforcing ways we can give back to our communities,” said Bob Andrews, General Manager of the Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh City Center. “The benefits of the work we did today with these young children will continue to grow right along with the tree seedlings themselves. It will be fun to look at these trees in 10 years and know that we took part in helping our community and the environment.”

A recent nationwide survey conducted on behalf of Doubletree reinforces the hotel brand's endeavors. Ninety-six (96) percent of parents think that teaching kids about environmental education is important. Students say they learn just as much about environmental awareness from their teachers (78 percent) as from their parents (79 percent).* In response, Doubletree continues to empowering kids through its Teaching Kids to CARE program to do their part in taking care of the environment.

“The environmental education workshop with the Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh City Center provided our children with an excellent opportunity to experience how rewarding it can be to give back to the environment in their own special way,” said Rosemary Moriarty, Principal of Miller Academy. “The Teaching Kids to CARE program also reinforces how easy it is to be a caring kid and make positive contributions to the world. This helps build a foundation for kids to become good citizens and possible leaders in their local community or wherever they are in the future.”

Here are some other interesting facts from The National Arbor Day Foundation about how the benefits of practicing the environmental 3Rs affect everyone:

  • Everyday in America each man, woman, and child generates nearly four pounds of trash. That's over one trillion pounds of solid waste or 365 trillion pounds each year!
  • Planting 50 trees can save $62,000 in air pollution control each year and provide $31,000 in erosion control each year.
  • Planting 50 trees can lift up to 5,000 gallons of water out of the ground and into the air each day, lowering air temperature as the water evaporates.

The Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh City Center's Environmental Education Effort comes just two weeks after Pittsburgh was named “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation for its strong urban forestry program. Pittsburgh received this designation because it has official ordinances and budgets set for protect its trees.

Located between the U.S. Steel Plaza and Mellon Arena, the Doubletree Hotel Pittsburgh City Center offers upscale, contemporary amenities and services in the heart of downtown. The hotel features 308 of the largest guest rooms in the city (including 112 one-bedroom suites), 13,000 square feet of meeting space and a new Pittsburgh themed bar and restaurant, The Bigelow Grille. For more information visit our Web site at or call the hotel directly at 412-281-5800.

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