Chegg Leads the Fight for Better Education and Greener Environment

Plants Five Millionth Tree to Honor the U.S. Department of Education's 31st Anniversary

Apr 26, 2011, 08:00 ET from Chegg

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Chegg, the number one online textbook rental company, today announced it will plant its five millionth tree in conjunction with American Forests at a special tree planting ceremony honoring the 31st Anniversary of the U.S. Department of Education.  The Texas live oak tree, brought to Washington DC by a teacher at Knowles Elementary School in Cedar Park, Texas, will be planted at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building in Washington DC.  

With the idea conceptualized last year, during the Department of Education's 30th anniversary, the tree planting ceremony celebrates:

  • The Department of Education's 31 years of service and its mission to promote student achievement and foster educational excellence

  • Chegg's commitment to students, their education and the environment – and marks Chegg's five millionth tree planted through its partnership with American Forests

  • American Forests' environmental pledge to replenish the world's forests

"We have been planting trees with American Forests on behalf of students for years and we are honored to be part of this tribute to the U.S. Department of Education," said Dan Rosensweig at Chegg. "Today's event represents our on-going commitment to education and the environment. As we commemorate the Department of Education's 31st Anniversary, we congratulate their hard work on behalf of America's students."

"Thank you to the students and teachers who came together to plant this tree.  This tree represents and celebrates over 30 years of service to America's students," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "This tree reminds us that our commitment to our children's success is endless.  That we must always work hard to ensure the educational system that we build today will not only reflect the needs of our students today, but will thrive for our students in the future. The official oak tree of the U.S. Department of Education represents the hard work, progress and determination of all of America's children."

"We are thrilled to provide the official oak tree for the U.S. Department of Education together with our partner Chegg," said Scott Steen, CEO at American Forests.  "Initiatives like this educate students about the important environmental benefits of trees and promote a greener future for all people.  This ceremonial tree planting represents the five millionth tree Chegg has planted in partnership with American Forests – a noteworthy accomplishment. The event is a fitting tribute to their on-going commitment to students, to education and to the environment."

As American Forests' number one tree planter, Chegg continues its commitment to the environment and leads by example for the nearly four million students it helps annually.

About Chegg

Chegg, the number one online textbook rental company, is helping students on more than 6,400 campuses nationwide save time, save money and get smarter. Students can save hundreds by renting in a variety of ways: online at and, from the Chegg iPhone app, on select campus bookstores through the Powered by Chegg program and its exclusive partnership with the Independent College Bookstore Association (ICBA). In addition, to help students succeed in their college career, Chegg has expanded its offerings to include CourseRank, a course scheduling tool, and Cramster, the leading provider of online homework help. As a part of the company's on-going environmental efforts, Chegg plants a tree every time a student rents through a partnership with American Forests' Global ReLeaf program. Since its founding in 2007, the company has grown into a respected and trusted brand used by college students and was recently named to Time's Top 50 Websites. For more information, visit

American Forests

American Forests connects, educates, and inspires people to restore and protect rural and urban forests.  Founded in 1875, the organization has served as a catalyst for many of the most important milestones in the conservation movement, including the founding of the U.S. Forest Service and national park system, the creation of the modern environmental movement, and literally thousands of forest ecosystem restoration and education efforts.  Since 1991, American Forests has planted nearly 40 million trees in forests throughout the U.S. and beyond, resulting in cleaner air and drinking water, restored habitat for wildlife, and the removal of millions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere. Learn more at