LSU Holds Fourth Annual Spring Greening Day April 26; University College Plants Live Oak Tree to Celebrate 80th Anniversary
BATON ROUGE – LSU Landscape Services, LSU Campus Life and the LSU Foundation held the fourth annual Spring Greening Day Friday, April 26, at 12 sites across the LSU campus. LSU Campus Life and LSU Facility Services held a concurrent Sustainability Expo in Free Speech Plaza teaching recycling techniques, sharing national sustainability initiatives and selling produce grown by the Horticulture Club at LSU. Albemarle Corporation and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers sponsored this year’s events
Students, staff and faculty volunteers participated in beautification projects with leadership and direction from LSU Facility Services and supplies and plants purchased by LSU alumni and supporters who give to the LSU Foundation’s Campus Beautification Fund.
“As the students gathered to work on beautification projects, we reminded them of the ‘invisible’ co-worker next to them — the donors and alumni who contribute to the Campus Beautification Fund. Donors provide funds for the materials, and students provide labor to plant these materials. It’s a great partnership,” said Jeff McLain, senior vice president for development for the LSU Foundation.
Josh Dean, the assistant director for service in LSU Campus Life who recruited volunteers and organized logistics for Spring Greening Day, noted, “Volunteers spend a few hours helping to beautify our campus as the year draws to a close and we prepare for commencement ceremonies. The program has grown in size and scope over the past four years, and volunteers continue to enjoy the projects because of their lasting impact and value to LSU.”
“LSU Spring Greening Day is a wonderful opportunity for students and other LSU family to work and see the immediate gratification of plants going in the ground,” said Fred Fellner, assistant director of landscape services with LSU Facility Services. “We are focused mostly on sustainable planting that frames and enhances the campus’ largest and most the prevalent green plants, the storied live oaks. To this end we plant ground cover, place sod or spread mulch under the trees to beautify the grounds, control erosion and improve the ecosystem.”
As part of the Spring Greening Day festivities, Fellner joined LSU Interim Chancellor William Jenkins, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell, LSU University College Executive Director Paul Ivey and LSU University College Phi Eta Sigma Chapter President Margaret Hindman in planting a live oak by the LSU Mounds. The tree was planted in celebration of Arbor Day and of University College’s 80th anniversary, which is typically recognized as an “oak” anniversary.
“It is only fitting for University College to be planting the newest oak tree on our campus as we celebrate our 80th oaks anniversary,” Ivey said. “This new oak can serve as a symbol of strength and perseverance for our students as they strive to maximize their academic experience at LSU.”
The roughly 1,200 oak trees on LSU’s campus are as much a part of the university as are its students, faculty, staff and historic buildings. Steele Burden, LSU’s landscaper from 1932 through 1970, planted many of LSU’s live oak trees, which have been valued at $50 million. Burden’s careful planting was done with the future in mind, a legacy continued by those who endow his majestic work.
“Spring Greening Day is a great opportunity for LSU to show reverence to the university’s majestic landscape, which is one of the most recognizable features of the university, while also showing the community our dedication to sustaining this beautiful campus for future generations to enjoy,” LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell said.
Spring Greening Day supports the Green Tiger Project, founded by Jan Martin, wife of former LSU Chancellor Michael Martin and maintained by the LSU Foundation. The Green Tiger Project aims to integrate campus beautification with campus sustainability and supports the Campus Beautification Fund, which allows LSU alumni, friends and fans to make gifts to the LSU Foundation to help with campus enhancement efforts. Visit http://www.lsufoundation.org/content.php?display=cbf for more information.