CSX and City Year come together for a giant service day at the Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful People’s Garden

  CSX and City Year come together for a giant service day at the Keep Tampa
  Bay Beautiful People’s Garden

Business Wire

-- October 17, 2012

CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX):

         Volunteers with CSX, City Year, and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will
What:   join forces to plant 50 large trees, construct planter beds, and
         build a greenhouse in the Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful People’s Garden at
         the Florida State Fairgrounds.

         CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s
         leading transportation companies, connecting customers to ports,
         distribution centers and markets across the eastern United States.
         CSX created Beyond Our Rails as an extension of our organization —
         displaying our commitment to Safety, Community, the Environment and
         Wellness through grass-roots volunteerism and focused corporate
         giving -- actively engaging employees and non-profit organizations in
         programs and initiatives designed to make the world a better place.
Who:     City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization, founded in
         1988, that partners with public schools to help keep students in
         school and on track to graduate. In 23 communities across the United
         States and through two international affiliates, this innovative
         public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps
         members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Corps
         members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and
         course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after
         school programs.

When:    12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
         Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Where:   Florida State Fairgrounds
         4800 Highway 301 (Orient Road Entrance)
         Tampa, FL 33610

         Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful secured a one-acre parcel of land on the
         Florida State Fairgrounds to create an interactive People’s Garden.
         This innovative project provides job-training, youth involvement,
         nutrition education, and affordable healthy foods through an exciting
         partnership with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, the Florida State
         Fairgrounds, the USDA and Lowe’s. The Garden will display several
         different types of growing mechanisms including traditional garden
         beds, raised beds, hydroponic and aquaponic systems to illustrate the
         variety of ways food can be grown in West-Central Florida. In
         addition to the fruit and vegetable beds, the space will also
         incorporate a greenhouse, sensory gardens, Florida friendly gardens,
Why:     butterfly gardens and an amphitheater with seating for presentations
         and classroom learning. The food raised in the gardens will be given
         to food banks and sold at very low prices at farms stands in
         low-income neighborhoods that have limited access to fresh fruits and
         vegetables. The Garden will be utilized throughout the year by Keep
         Tampa Bay Beautiful staff for community workshops, presentations and
         volunteer training purposes and by the Florida State Fairgrounds for
         the more than 20,000 elementary students who go through their
         Agri-Science program. Additionally, The Garden will be promoted and
         highlighted to more than 2.5 million people that attend the Florida
         State Fair each February. Visitors to the Fairgrounds will be able to
         tour The Garden to view different ways to create green space that
         inspire gardens at home or in public spaces throughout Florida.

         CSX is proud to sponsor organizations like City Year, in their
         efforts to improve parks, schools, recreational centers and other
         public places in the many types of rural, suburban and urban
         communities that CSX connects and serves. In September, the railway
How:     was added to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for its achievements
         in environmental performance, including reaching ahead of schedule
         the company’s voluntary goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by
         eight percent and its “Trees for Tracks” program to plant one tree
         for each of the 21,000 miles of CSX track.


CSX Corporation
Eric Hartsock, 443-858-4437
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