Students Aid in Campus Beautification for Earth Day

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The University of West Georgia celebrated Earth Day on Monday, April 22, with a traditional planting of 20 trees around the UWG intramural parking lot. James Hembree, UWG’s landscape superintendent, provided trees, shovels and mulch for nearly 15 students and staff who helped plant the trees.

Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, is an annual worldwide event used to demonstrate support for environmental protection and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year.

Before planting, Hembree briefed the student and staff volunteers on the importance of participating in Earth Day. Hembree says the tree-planting event was designed to promote beautification, parking lot cooling, habitat creation, community involvement and education.

This year marked the second consecutive year that UWG was named a Tree Campus USA supporter by The Arbor Day Foundation. UWG was specifically recognized for its dedication to campus tree care and protection, environmental stewardship and community outreach. Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities for engaging staff and students in conversation goals and effective forest management.

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