Triton Branches Out in Effort to Become Tree Campus USA

2016-July 13 Tree Planting

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The Triton Greening the Campus Committee planted a Nannyberry Viburnum near the Triton College Prairie Garden.

 

A warm sunny morning and the beautiful Triton College Prairie Garden served as the backdrop for members of Triton’s Greening the Campus Committee as they welcomed the newest addition to campus, a Nannyberry Viburnum tree.

 Triton’s environmental biology students and other community members attended the tree planting ceremony Wednesday, July 13, which is part of the college’s effort to qualify as a Tree Campus USA college.

 “It’s a program for campuses to engage in truly taking care of their campus arboretum,” said Triton College Sustainability Center Coordinator Adrian Fisher.

 The Tree Campus USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Fisher expects Triton to receive full designation as a Tree Campus USA by the end of this year. Other elements of the project include creating a campus tree inventory and map, formulating a campus tree care plan and incorporating tree-related activities into classwork.

 Located next to the Prairie Garden, the newly planted Nannyberry Viburnum is an Illinois native tree that will grow to be about 20 feet tall.

 “It has flowers in the spring and berries that birds really love, so it will be a nice little contribution to this natural corner of campus,” said Fisher.

 The Triton College Prairie Garden is located on the west side of campus, just south of the D Building. The Greening the Campus Committee planted Prairie Garden in 2009 and continue to nurture and maintain it. It features about 100 species of native prairie grasses and flowers and is a certified Monarch Waystation.

 Triton’s Greening the Campus Committee works in collaboration with the Sustainability Center. Their goals include educating and training the community about our ecosystem, and advocating for and practicing sustainability on campus.

 For more information about Triton’s Greening the Campus Committee’s initiatives including Tree Campus USA, please contact Sustainability Coordinator Adrian Fisher at (708) 456-0300 Ext. 3364.

Triton’s Greening the Campus Committee planted a Nannyberry Viburnum near the Triton College Prairie Garden on July 13, 2016

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