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Southwest Airlines Conservation In Action Tour

Southwest celebrates 40 years of service with 40 conservation projects

Aug 14, 2011

DALLAS - In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, Southwest Airlines has teamed up with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) for the Conservation In Action Tour: 40 Projects for 40 Years and New York is the next stop on the tour list!

Students from the SCA have been traveling in a custom-designed Southwest Airlines biodiesel RV; during this summer-long tour, the RV will stop in 25 cities, joining Southwest Employees and community members in conservation projects across the country. Today, Southwest Employees and the SCA showed New York their commitment to volunteerism and passion for conservation by cleaning the lake trail and picking up trash around the lake areas at the Hempstead Lake State Park.

"This is the perfect way to celebrate our 40th Anniversary," said Southwest Airlines Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO Gary Kelly. "Volunteering and giving back is something that our People do year round. It's our way of saying thank you to the communities that have given so much to us!"

The tour kicked off in June, during the airline's week-long anniversary celebration in their hometown of Dallas. More than 500 Southwest Employees from all across the system took part in conservation projects across the community.

"SCA is proud to join Southwest Airlines in spreading the word and the practice of hands-on conservation," said SCA President Dale M. Penny. "These projects will generate immediate benefits to the communities we visit, and in the long-term they will promote ongoing stewardship and sustainability. That's a real win-win for all."

SCA is a nonprofit organization that provides individuals aged 15-25 with hands-on conservation service opportunities. Their members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces in all 50 states.

Contributing sponsors for the tour, American Eagle Outfitters, Sony Corporation, and The Coca-Cola Company, join Southwest Airlines to help SCA build the next generation of conservation leaders and its quest to protect and restore America's parks, forests, and urban green spaces.

To view the Conservation In Action Tour schedule, visit

Southwest celebrates 40 years of service with 40 conservation projects
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