2018 | Arbor Day at UTSA
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2017 | UTSA Hosted Arbor Day Event, Saturday, November 4 on Main Campus
The 2017 Arbor Day at UTSA was held at the UTSA Community Garden located by the Brackenridge Avenue Lot 5 (BK5) parking area in west campus.
Students, staff, and faculty planted five fruit trees, donated by the city. Volunteers gave 150 trees, donated by the City, to UTSA neighbors and families to plant in their yards. Members of the Green Society at UTSA also cleaned up the Community Garden and plant vegetables.
Much of the impetus for this event came from Civil and Environmental Engineering student Jordan Griffis. In the summer of 2017, he conducted an independent study on the feasibility of planting peach trees on campus. He suggested a pilot project of planting five peach trees, each of which could potentially–at maturity–produce 50-200 pounds of fruit per year.
“We planted the trees right near the garden, which will help expand the diversity of the area from pollinator and vegetable gardens to now include fruit production,” said Anthony Govea, member of the President’s Council on Sustainability, Student Sustainability Committee, and Student Government Association. “In the garden, we also planted some donated onion transplants to a couple of the beds.”
The nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation is a conservation and education organization with a million members, donors, and partners supporting programs to make the world greener and healthier. Its Tree Campus USA program helps colleges and universities establish and sustain healthy community forests. The schools must meet these five standards developed to promote healthy trees and student involvement.
UTSA is taking steps to become a Tree Campus by raising awareness and taking action related to conservation and the environment on campus and in the San Antonio community. UTSA has already implemented four of the five steps required by the Foundation.