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LSU Community comes together to beautify campus

In the shade of stately oaks and broad magnolias, nearly 300 students, faculty and staff volunteered during LSU's Spring Greening Day held Friday, April 8.

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Entering its second year, the Spring Greening Day service project and sustainability expo, held in the heart of the university’s campus, is designed to accentuate the campus’ beauty while also emphasizing the importance of sustainability.

Spring Greening Day is organized through a joint operation between the Division of Student Life’s Campus Life office and the Office of Facility Services with support of the Green Tiger Project and corporate sponsor the Albemarle Foundation. The Spring Greening Day service project was created in support of the LSU Green Tiger Project, a movement led by LSU First Lady Jan Martin and the LSU Foundation to allow alumni, friends and fans to make gifts that will assist with campus beautification efforts.

From 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., student volunteers worked alongside LSU Landscape Services staff to beautify the campus through annual and perennial plantings, to spread mulch and care for the campus oaks and to learn more about the “green” initiatives on campus. 

Brittany Boyke, a renewable natural resources senior from Lafayette, said she was felt like it was a good thing to plant flowers and spread mulch to beatify the campus.

“We are trying to create awareness on campus and in the Baton Rouge community about the environment and sustainability and ways people can make campus and Baton Rouge a greener place,” said Sara Ross, student chair of the Spring Greening Day Student Advisory Committee.

Ross has been working closely with LSU Facility Services to secure supplies and determine areas of campus in need of beautification.

Assistant Director for Landscape Services Fred Fellner said his entire staff has been preparing for Spring Greening Day for three weeks.

“The goal is to beautify campus by planting sustainable growth, so you see a lot of shrubbery and grasses with just enough splash of color for everyone to enjoy,” said Fellner.

According to Assistant Director of Campus Life Jacob Brumfield there are a number of new areas this year including the south side of Patrick F. Taylor, the Art Quad and places around Hatcher Hall among others.

“We have worked with LSU Landscape Services to identify new areas and build on the success of last year’s beautification efforts.  We also needed to offer additional areas for this year's increased number of student volunteers,” said Brumfield.

Not only did students be getting their hands dirty while maintaining LSU’s status as a beautiful campus, but campus organizations, the city-parish of East Baton Rouge, the state of Louisiana and other local groups also participated in a sustainability expo to educate students, faculty and staff about methods of sustainability and ways to get more involved.