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#GIFtATree Gives New Life to Pike National Forest


“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Buffalo Creek Fire of 1996 and record-breaking Hayman Fire of 2002 devastated Colorado’s Upper South Platte Watershed, burning thousands of acres and destroying future seed sources for natural tree regeneration. This month, Green Is Universal is contributing to the area’s reforestation through the planting of 25,000 trees in Pike National Forest.

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Each year, Green Is Universal partners with the Arbor Day Foundation for an annual tree planting initiative. Our 2015 holiday #GIFtATree campaign pledged one real tree for every animated GIF(t) that participants created and shared, funded by a $25,000 contribution to the Arbor Day Foundation. Our donation contributed to the 116,000 total trees being planted at this scenic park in central Colorado.


Due to the social media activism inspired by our campaign, thousands of Douglas-firs and ponderosa pines will now grace 1,200 acres of Pike National Forest. Such replanting is critical in areas damaged by wildfires, where natural regeneration is no longer possible. This year’s #GIFtATree campaign transformed posts into trees – using social media support to create and protect vital wildlife habitats and beautiful green landscapes for future generations.

Learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation’s reforestation project here.


Thank You for Helping Us #GIFtATree!

As part of our annual holiday tree planting initiative in December 2015, we invited you to #GIFtATree to the environment by creating festive, animated GIFs or using #GIFtATree on social media. For each action, we pledged to plant real trees in a state park or national forest, funded by a $25,000 contribution from NBCUniversal to the Arbor Day Foundation.

Thanks to your efforts, we’ll be planting 25,000 trees in Pike National Forest. The Colorado park is known for its scenic landscape with many waterfalls and exposed granite rock.

Thank you for helping us #GIFtATree!






Join us for the #GIFtATree Twitter Party!


Did you know that one tree provides oxygen for up to four people in one day? Or that one tree can absorb more than a ton of carbon in its lifetime? Trees are a vital part of our ecosystem and that’s why we team up with the Arbor Day Foundation every year to help plant more trees. This year, our season of giving campaign is #GIFtATree and we’d love your support for this wonderful cause.

It’s simple. Once the campaign launches on December 2nd:

  • Go to to create and share a holiday GIF, or use #GIFtATree in your social posts.
  • For every GIF shared and #GIFtATree generated before the end of December, the Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) will plant one real tree, up to 25,000, in a state park or national forest, funded by a $25,000 contribution from NBCUniversal.

To kick off the campaign, we’re having a Twitter party during the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting event. We’ll be chatting about how to have a more eco-friendly holiday season, as well as asking people to #GIFtATree.

We have a great (and still growing) line-up of panelists!

We hope you’ll join us!

WHEN: Tuesday, December 2nd from 8-10pmET/5-7pmPT

WHERE: Anyone can join in by following the hashtag #GIFtATree on Twitter.


Thanks for Helping Us #ShareATree!

Since 2009, Green is Universal and the Arbor Day Foundation have partnered to give a gift to the environment—with your help. When you #ShareATree, you share a tree planted by the Arbor Day Foundation.

For 2014, we asked talent from our brands to draw trees. Then, we showcased them in a virtual forest, and asked you to share their trees or decorate your own.

Thanks to all of your shares, Green is Universal has donated $25,000 to the Arbor Day Foundation.

The campaign is now over, but check out the trees from our talent:

Andy Cohen, Watch What Happens Live
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Carl Quintanilla, Squawk on the Street
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Jim Cramer, Mad Money
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Sharon Epperson
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Maria Menounos, Untold
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Ross Mathews
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Spike Feresten, Car Matchmaker
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Jose Diaz-Balart, The Rundown

Yarel Ramos, Reventón
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Al Roker, TODAY
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Natalie Morales, TODAY
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Alison Sweeney, The Biggest Loser, Days of Our Lives
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Bob Harper, The Biggest Loser
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Dolvett Quince, The Biggest Loser
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Benjamin Stockham, About a Boy
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Galen Gering, Days of Our Lives
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Kristian Alfonso, Days of Our Lives
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Lauren Koslow, Days of Our Lives
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NBC Sports
Rebecca Lowe
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Deitrick Haddon, Fix My Choir
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Michelle Williams, Fix My Choir
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Kaitlin Becker, The Sunny Side Up Show
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Ian Ziering, Sharknado
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Julie Benz, Defiance
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Vanessa Hauc, Noticiero Telemundo
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Sam Champion, America’s Morning Headquarters
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Meredith Vieira, The Meredith Vieira Show
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Jerry Springer, The Jerry Springer Show
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Maury Povich, The Maury Show
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Steve Wilkos, The Steve Wilkos Show
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Billy Bush, Access Hollywood
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Liz Hernandez, Access Hollywood
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Shaun Robinson, Access Hollywood
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Kit Hoover, Access Hollywood Live
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Mark Feuerstein, Royal Pains
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Share a Tree 2013: Help Plant 1 Million Trees!

Share a Tree

Green is Universal and the Arbor Day Foundation have teamed up once again for our annual Share a Tree initiative. Help us plant 1 million trees by December 31!

This year, you can create free photo holiday ecards and share them with your friends and family. Go here to get started. We’ll plant one tree for each ecard created and shared.

In addition, we’ll plant one tree for each tweet sent using #ShareATree, each TREE text sent to 436287, and each click of the “Plant a Tree” button.

Join us at our kickoff Twitter party, on December 4th, at 8 p.m. ET—and happy sharing!


Save the Date!

Share a Tree Twitter Party


Join us for a Twitter party celebrating Green is Universal and the Arbor Day Foundation’s “Share a Tree” initiative. The party will take place during the 81st annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting event.

Help spread joy this holiday season with trees that will last long after the holidays! Green is Universal and Arbor Day are hoping to plant 1 million trees, with your help.

Launching on December 4 at and on, “Share a Tree” is where you create and send a holiday ecard and the Arbor Day Foundation will plant a real tree, through December 31.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Practically Green (@PracticallyGrn), Green Divas (@greendivameg), Happy Family (@HAPPYsuperfoods), Green Child Magazine (@GreenChildMag), EcoMom Alliance (@KimberlyPinkson) and more to come.

HASHTAG: #ShareATree

WHERE: Anyone can join in by following the hashtag #ShareATree on Twitter or on one of these platforms made specially for joining and chatting in a Twitter Party: TweetChat ( or Twubs chat room (

RSVP here