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1 Million Trees to be Planted in U.S. National Forests Thanks to Progressive Car Insurance Customers


Paperless program pays off in more ways than one.

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio . — U.S. National Forests damaged by wildfires, insects and disease will be getting some much needed help thanks to Progressive car insurance customers who have chosen to receive their policy documents electronically. Not only are those customers saving trees by saving paper, they’re also getting trees planted in their honor. Progressive began offering to plant trees in 2007 to help raise awareness of its paperless program. Since then, more than 1 million customers have signed up.

“Our customers rose to the challenge and now we’re following through on our commitment,” said Christine Johnson, Progressive’s customer experience general manager. “When we began the tree planting campaign we had no idea where it would end up, but we’re pleased it has led to such a significant result.”

Progressive will provide funding for the 1 million trees to the Arbor Day Foundation, the country’s leading nonprofit, conservation and education organization dedicated to planting trees. The U.S. Forest Service has identified a backlog of more than 1 million acres that need to be replanted. Since 1990, the Arbor Day Foundation has helped to replant more than 13 million trees.

“Encouraging customers to go paperless is a great way for companies to help the environment, and we applaud Progressive for doing it. Progressive’s generous donation to plant 1 million trees is truly a significant gift to the environment,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “By planting trees in our nation’s forests, Progressive is making a positive impact for generations to come.”

While Progressive’s tree planting campaign is wrapping up, it will continue to offer discounts where available to customers who choose to go paperless.

About ProgressiveThe Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, in business since 1937, is one of the country’s largest auto insurance groups, the largest seller of motorcycle and personal watercraft policies, and a market leader in commercial auto insurance based on premiums written.

Progressive is committed to becoming consumers’ #1 choice for auto insurance by providing competitive rates and innovative products and services that meet drivers’ needs throughout their lifetimes, including superior online and in-person customer service, and best-in-class, 24-hour claims service, such as its concierge level of claims service available at service centers located in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States.

Progressive companies offer consumers choices in how to shop for, buy and manage their auto insurance policies. Progressive offers its products, including personal and commercial auto, motorcycle, boat and recreational vehicle insurance, through more than 30,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the U.S. and online and by phone directly from the Company. Private passenger auto products and prices are different when purchased directly from Progressive or through independent agencies. To find an agent or to get a quote, go to

The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, are publicly traded at NYSE:PGR.


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