Plants Over One Million Trees!

Environmentally savvy textbook rental company, Chegg, plants over 3,000 acres of forest on behalf of students

Oct 02, 2009, 15:05 ET from

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ --, the number one online textbook rental company, has helped the environment by planting a tree for every book rented, sold or bought. Today, the company announced that it has planted over one million trees in 2009 through a partnership with the American Forests' Global ReLeaf® program. The tree-planting program demonstrates that Chegg not only gives back to students in the form of serious savings on their textbooks, but also gives back to the environment.

To celebrate this milestone, Chegg has selected its one-millionth renter, Jarrett Crisp, a junior from Hill College in Burleson, Texas to ceremoniously plant the tree at a wildfire restoration project in the Tahoe National Forest near South Lake Tahoe, Calif. next spring.

"Just like everyone in college, every penny counts and Chegg has saved me a ton of money on my textbooks, while at the same time allowing me to help the environment by having a tree planted for my textbook rentals," Jarrett Crisp said. "I have told a lot of my friends about Chegg and with the amount of textbooks that we need each year, we are probably responsible for a few hundred of those million trees that have been planted."

By some estimates, more than 20 million trees are cut each year to make new books, so Chegg has built a brand that encourages students to help replenish and protect the environment by renting, reusing and recycling their textbooks. Since 2007 when the partnership with American Forests began, Chegg has planted more than 3,000 acres of forests.

"On average, a student will use one tree's worth of paper in textbooks each year, so it's been important for Chegg to give back to the environment by planting trees through American Forests," said Aayush Phumbhra, co-founder and senior vice president of operations at Chegg. "This incredible milestone could not have been possible if it weren't for the amazing college students across the country choosing Chegg to rent their textbooks. We look forward to celebrating our next million trees!"

Chegg is currently the largest tree-planting partner of the American Forests Global ReLeaf® program, which helps individuals, organizations and corporations improve the local and global environment. The trees are planted to restore forest ecosystems damaged by natural and man-made disasters. To date, trees planted by Chegg on behalf of students have improved the land in Guatemala, Cameroon and Lake Tahoe.

"Chegg is one of our most valued and responsible partners, helping to spread the word about environmental sustainability and giving every student the opportunity to make a difference," said Deborah Gangloff, executive director of American Forests. "We look forward to another million trees being planted in honor of Chegg students across the world."

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Chegg's transformative concept of money-saving, rental access to textbooks has made it one of the Internet's fastest growing new companies and the number one online textbook rental company. Launched nationally in 2007, to-date, Chegg has saved students more than 44 millions dollars at over 6,400 colleges. With a growing inventory of more than 2.4 million titles, Chegg puts textbooks into the hands of students when they need them arriving in the brand's iconic orange box. For every book rented, Chegg plants a tree through American Forests' Global ReLeaf Program. To date, Chegg has planted more than 3,000 acres of forests.

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