CIRI building campus is TREErific

CIRI was recognized for the aesthetic use of trees on its C Street property from TREErific Anchorage at an awards ceremony on May 5. The award noted CIRI’s exceptional use of landscaping and preservation of natural vegetation and the property’s beautifying effect on Anchorage’s C Street corridor.

“CIRI realized long ago the responsibility that being a significant landowner in the community brings,” said Margie Brown, CIRI president and chief executive officer. “We will continue to do our part to improve the community we live and work in, and appreciate TREErific’s recognition of our efforts thus far.”

The CIRI building was built in 1977 and was the first building in Anchorage with an indoor garden area. The company wanted the surrounding grounds to match that environment, so it transplanted spruce and birch trees from another parcel of its land in northeast Anchorage, which now houses the Alaska Native Heritage Center. CIRI has since added other tree species.

The TREErific Anchorage luncheon where CIRI and its fellow recipients Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility and the Natural Health Center were recognized was held at Russian Jack Springs Park Municipal Greenhouse, in conjunction with the Municipality of Anchorage’s third annual TREE City USA Celebration.

TREErific Anchorage is an Anchorage nonprofit organization dedicated to community enrichment through the planting, caring and promotion of trees. The group has organized educational and tree planting events throughout Anchorage since 2004.