40 Years of Being Green

As you’ve heard many times on this blog, Half Price Books is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, making for four decades of reading and recycling. We’ve striven since the beginning to keep books out of landfills, making preserving and recycling resources a part of our daily business. 

Last week, we celebrated Earth Day and Arbor Day with our own 40th anniversary tree planting week.  Half Price Books stores around the country planted trees in their communities to help celebrate.  We even had a special day here in our Dallas market where we planted 40 trees at Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas.  Volunteers dedicated each of the trees to someone who had inspired a love of reading in their lives. 

Check out some photos and a video of the trees we planted around the country!


HPB employees pose with Richardson city officials before the tree planting begins.

Employees and volunteers listen to speakers before Richardson tree planting.

Kara and Emily dig a hole for their tree. Students at Wedgewood Elementary helped HPB employees plant trees at their school in Fort Worth.Kiddos from Smith Elementary help BW plant a tree at their school.      

  Students pose with the manager Michael and the tree they planted at Mendez Elementary in San Marcos. 
Employees from the Castleton store in Indianapolis worked with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Employees from Huebner Road and Stone Ridge in San Antonio joined forces to plant trees at Huebner Elementary

Emily poses with a tree she dedicated to her sister, a fellow HPB employee!

District Manager Diana and Chairman of the Board Ellen pose in front of their tree in San Antonio

BW and Roundrock employees plant trees for the city’s Arbor Day celebration.

Avery, Jill and Rachel pose with William Shakespeare at UCO’s garden in Edmond, OK.

Angie poses with a tree she dedicated to her grandmother.We planted this tree in honor of our co-founder Ken Gjemre. And here’s one we did for co-founder Pat Anderson, mother of president and CEO Sharon Anderson Wright.

We hope that some of our green activities inspire you to be a little greener in your daily lives.  If you need some inspiration, check out our sister website, www.becomegreen.info for some fun green tips!

— Emily