Around 150 trees were planted by faculty and student volunteers near the South Village Parking Deck April 5 during the Spring Tree Planting event put on by the UNC Charlotte Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR). This event is one of three events taking place in April being sponsored by the OWRR in celebration of Earth Month.

The event was estimated to last for around two hours, during which students and faculty were invited to help plant trees on a volunteer-basis. UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phillip Dubois authorized 90 minutes of release time for employees who wanted to contribute.

According to UNC Charlotte Landscape Specialist Bart Davis, some of the tree varieties planted were Willow Oak, Shumard Oak, Virginia Pine and Magnolia.  Davis said that apart from being ‘good trees,’ availability played a big role in the selection of the trees. Additionally, these tree species were chosen because of the shade and screening they provide.

“The biggest benefits is the replacement of the trees that have been cut down during construction, which helps maintain our status as a Tree Campus USA,” said Amelia Fisher, participation contact for this event as well as construction and demolition recycling coordinator and waste contract administrator.

Tree Campus USA is a national program launched in 2008 sponsored by Arbor Day Foundation that assists universities in establishing and sustaining campus forests. In 2015, UNC Charlotte joined more than 240 campuses nationwide by meeting five standards developed to promote healthy trees and student involvement.

Frank Hogan. Photo by Anna Gibbs.
Frank Hogan. Photo by Anna Gibbs.

Business and Technology Applications Analyst Frank Hogan was able to take time off from his job in student affairs and plant some trees. According to the event website, department supervisor approval is required for faculty and staff members to participate in these Earth Month events.

“I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors,” said Hogan when asked what inspired him to volunteer at this event. “And you can actually watch the trees grow. So in five years, I can come back to campus and see the trees that I’ve planted myself.”

The next events happening in the Earth Month trio are the Spring Campus Cleanup April 13 and the Earth Day Festival April 20. More information on these events can be found here: http://facilities.uncc.edu/our-services/general-services/recycling/news-and-events/campus-clean.

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