09/29/2014 04:14 PM
BATON ROUGE – LSU will dedicate a newly planted living LSU Christmas Tree Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. near Free Speech Circle. The 30-foot magnolia little gem tree, indigenous to Louisiana and the state flower, was planted Thursday, Sept. 25. The event is open to LSU and Baton Rouge communities.
The living LSU Christmas Tree symbolizes LSU’s commitment to celebrating the holidays in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way. According to American Forests, a single 30-foot tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester one ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.
Since the first tree lighting in 1995, LSU has become more environmentally conscious and financially savvy about the annual Christmas tree tradition. At one time, a cut tree was shipped to LSU via freightliner from the Pacific Northwest. This not only cost a good deal of money, but expended ample fossil fuels and expelled large amounts of pollution en route to Baton Rouge. In the past five years, LSU acquired a cut, Louisiana-native leyland cypress tree from a local tree farm, costing and polluting much less to get to campus. LSU is proud to have fully reversed its practice while maintaining the university tradition.
The tree was acquired through the generosity of donors to the LSU Foundation’s Campus Beautification Fund, supported by proceeds from the LSU ornament. The LSU Foundation partners with LSU to introduce an ornament each fall, creating a series that celebrates Tiger spirit. All ornament proceeds support the LSU Foundation’s Campus Beautification Fund.
The annual lighting of the LSU Christmas tree is one component of LSU Holiday Spectacular, an annual event celebrating traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, as well as other major religious and cultural holidays that are not celebrated in December. Holiday Spectacular will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the LSU Student Union and will feature student, faculty and staff performances as well as activities for students and children of students, faculty and staff.
Visit www.lsu.edu/holiday for more information about all holiday celebrations at LSU.
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014