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Partnership Offers First Interior Sustainable Christmas Tree Recycling

-Christmas Trees will be recycled into bio-mass fuel and used to create electricity-


Fairbanks, AK– January 3, 2011 – The first sustainable “Natural Christmas Tree Recycling Event” in the Interior of Alaska is scheduled for Fort Wainwright, January 7 from 10:00am-4:00pm.  North Haven has partnered with K & K Recycling, Fort Wainwright Recycling, and Mainscape to offer Fort Wainwright residents the opportunity to recycle their natural Christmas trees.

Fort Wainwright residents were asked to strip their Christmas trees of all decorations and place them curbside for pick up by Mainscape.   Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Greely residents were also encouraged to drop off their trees at the recycling drop point, next to the recycling dumpsters, behind the Fort Wainwright Commissary.

K & K Recycling and Fort Wainwright will set up a wood chipper at the recycling drop point and will provide laborers to chip the Christmas trees.  The chipped wood will be converted into “densified wood” pellets to be used in the Chena Power Clean Biomass Power Plant which will create electricity to be used by Fairbanks and its surrounding communities.

The natural Christmas tree recycling event supports alternative energy sources and will help make the Interior of Alaska more sustainable.  K & K hopes to expand the event next year, to include the Greater Fairbanks Community.

North Haven respects the environment and is committed to promoting energy efficiency and educating our residents on living a green lifestyle, including the use of real Christmas trees.

Natural Christmas trees are renewable and typically grown on local farms.  While they are growing, they absorb carbon dioxide and emit fresh oxygen for us to breathe.    On the other hand, artificial trees are a petroleum-based product and the average family uses it for an average of seven years before throwing it away, where it will remain in a landfill for centuries after disposal.  The carbon footprint of a natural Christmas tree is one-third of that of an artificial tree.

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North Haven

Through the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, The U.S. Army formed a 50 year partnership with Actus Lend Lease to finance, develop, build, renovate, maintain, and operate the 1,800 homes on Forts Wainwright and Greely.  The partnership is known as North Haven Communities.  North Haven is dedicated to creating welcoming, safe communities that positively influence the way our Service Members and their Families live.  North Haven is also committed to positively contributing to the local and regional economy by working with small businesses, relying on local resources and hiring local people.  North Haven adheres to best practices in safety, energy-efficient construction, and sustainability.

About Actus Lend Lease

Excelling at large, complex developmental projects, Actus Lend Lease works with institutional owners to create value and deliver exceptional returns.  With more than 40,000 residential units in its portfolio, Acuts Lend Lease has created fully masterplanned mixed-use communities throughout the United States.  Actus is part of the Lend Lease global family, which includes Bovis and Delfin Lend Lease.  Global projects of note include: Army Hawaii Family Housing in Oahu, HI, Greenwich Peninsula in London, AOL Time Warner Center in New York, The Sydney Olympic Village and New York’s Grand Central Station Terminal.  Actus Lend lease is headquartered in Nashville, TN and employs more than 500 people nationwide.

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