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During the Sustainability Expo, Raising Cane's will present a $5,000 donation to the Campus Beautification Fund in support of the Green Tiger Project. Pictured above are LSU head football coach Les Miles; Todd Graves, chairman and CEO of Raising Cane’s; Raising Cane II; Jan Martin, wife of LSU chancellor Michael Martin and leader of the Green Tiger Project; and Chancellor Michael Martin.

LSU to Hold Spring Greening Day and Sustainability Expo on April 30


"Where stately oaks and broad magnolias shade inspiring halls." With the opening words of LSU's alma mater, it becomes evident that the landscape is one of the most visual memories for anyone who visits the university. Described as a "botanical joy" in Thomas Gaines' book "The Campus as a Work of Art," LSU's lush landscape is the campus' crowning touch.

In honor of Earth Day 2010, LSU will host the inaugural Spring Greening Day service project and Sustainability Expo in the heart of the university's campus, helping to accentuate the campus' beauty while also emphasizing the importance of sustainability.

Spring Greening Day will be held on Friday, April 30, from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in support of the Green Tiger Project, which seeks to coordinate and support campus beautification efforts. Spring Greening Day is being coordinated by Campus Life, a division of Student Life, and Landscape Services in the Office of Facility Services.

Registered student organization volunteers will work from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. with Landscape Services and Student Life staff members to plant flowers, lay sod and spread mulch in prepared beds across the core of LSU's campus.

"By pulling students outside their niches and into the open air to plant flowers for the LSU community, we can establish roots in organizations that would otherwise have no ties with green initiatives," said Elizabeth Hingle, member of the Spring Greening Day Student Advisory Committee. "Spring Greening Day events will also help students open their eyes to a brighter future for LSU's campus and the Baton Rouge community through sustainability in a fun and interactive way."

Spring Greening Day will provide Landscape Services with volunteers to help at a time of year when the plantings need to be changed out for the summer, giving a high profile, visual impact to campus that can be achieved in one day rather than over several weeks. In addition, the event will have a unique LSU fingerprint, building on the beauty of campus' stately oaks to provide permanent improvements to ornamental plantings, like azaleas and camellias, and ground cover, like jasmine and ivy, to keep the seasonal planting to a minimum.

"We are preparing more than 30 sites where students can work to plant flowers, plant ground cover, plant ornamental shrubs, lay sod and spread mulch," said Fred Fellner, assistant director of landscape services. "We are excited about the students joining our staff as we all work together to enhance the incredible natural beauty of our campus during this special sesquicentennial celebration. What a perfect year to kick off this event!"

Throughout the day, a Sustainability Expo will also take place on the LSU Parade Ground. The LSU community is invited to participate in interactive opportunities to learn about sustainability efforts on campus and discover interesting facts about recycling and sustainability.

After completing the landscaping service project, student organization volunteers and the general public are invited to participate in a celebration event on the Parade Ground. During the event, Raising Cane's will present a $5,000 donation to the Campus Beautification Fund in support of the Green Tiger Project. Chancellor Michael Martin, his wife Jan, and Jeff McLain, vice president for development of the LSU Foundation, will be on hand to accept the donation.

"Spring Greening Day is important because it further beautifies our already lovely campus while teaching students to care for and maintain their university," said Jan Martin. "It also sets an example for the larger community in regard to recycling, litter prevention and landscaping."

In addition, the Student Activities Board will feature two bands as part of the sustainability event. The Carolinas and American Fiction will alternate sets from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on the LSU Parade Ground. In case of rain, the bands will perform in the Student Union Live Oak Lounge. Both bands are part of Branch Records, a progressive, visionary, green record label out of Panama City, Fla. Lee Baker, lead singer for The Carolinas and partner in Branch Records, is a former LSU student and native of Shreveport.

In support of the sustainable-friendly message of Spring Greening Day, Gulf South Solar will provide a free solar power collecting stage, which will help provide about half of the bands' energy needs for the day.

"In my opinion, an event like Spring Greening Day gives the average student a sense of ownership over their campus," said Cas Smith, member of the Spring Greening Day Student Advisory Committee Member and director of sustainability for the LSU Student Government. "Additionally, the event’s sustainable message is a great opportunity to advocate for ways an individual can protect their planet."

The Green Tiger Project is a movement that is led by Jan Martin and the LSU Foundation, and the Campus Beautification Fund allows LSU alumni, friends and fans to make gifts to help with campus beautification through the LSU Foundation.

Spring Greening Day is being funded through sponsorships from the Albermarle Foundation, the Green Tiger Project, the LSU Student Government and the Student Activities Board.

For more information about Spring Greening Day, please contact Campus Life at 225-578-5160 or visit www.lsu.edu/campuslife.

Melissa Foley | Editor | Office of Communications & University Relations
April 2010