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Tree-planting parties scheduled to promote urban sustainability


April 27, 2012

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  • Rich Schneider
    IU Communications

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On Arbor Day, Friday, April 27, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will host the first of two tree-planting parties as part of the campus’s effort to make IUPUI a Tree Campus USA, as well as educate the IUPUI and Indianapolis communities on the environmental benefits of trees.

IUPUI faculty, staff and students and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful staff and volunteers will converge on the campus to help IUPUI meet one of the five standards developed to promote healthy trees and student involvement required for the Tree Campus USA designation: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree plan, a campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service learning projects.

WHAT: Arbor Day tree-planting party
WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 27
•Locations include Schools of Education, Social Work, Informatics, Engineering and Technology, and Science; University Library; Administration Building; Barnhill Garage; and Lockefield Green, north of University Place Conference Center & Hotel

“Trees not only make a campus more beautiful and provide shady spots for students, faculty and staff to relax, but they also act as a natural insulator and significantly reduce energy consumption, as well as reduce carbon dioxide -- a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change,” said Colleen McCormick, director of IUPUI’s Office of Sustainability. “Obtaining the Tree Campus USA designation will reinforce our commitment to making IUPUI a leader in urban sustainability initiatives.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
•The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
•Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air-conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20 to 50 percent in energy used for heating.

IUPUI is dedicated to creating a culture of campus sustainability and to making the campus a place where faculty, students and staff are engaged in research, teaching and learning about urban sustainability and its best practices.


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