Last month, I had the opportunity to attend a tree planting event at Florida Gulf Coast University near Ft. Myers. The event was held on Florida Arbor Day – January 20 – and drew several dozen students, with 40 laurel oak trees planted.
It’s difficult to overstate how much the campus needed those trees. Library Lawn always had the potential to be a great place to study, socialize, or reflect, were it not for the beating sun.Students broke into a sweat just from crossing the quad.
The shade provided by the 40 new trees will help make Library Lawn a campus destination.
Florida Gulf Coast University, a Tree Campus USA for three years in a row, has been a terrific partner for the Arbor Day Foundation and a model for others. Vikki McConnell, assistant director of the campus physical plant staff, and Keishla Negron, a senior and student government sustainability director, have been especially vital.
“Tree Campus USA really helped lay the foundation for the nucleus of our campus,” Negron told me.
Tim Clark of the Campus Relations and Marketing Team put together a video that nicely captures the energy and excitement of last month’s event. Take a look below.