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Volunteers needed for fall planting and cleanup events

by Mary Ann Gratton

This fall marks the launch of a new season of environmental initiatives at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

The Green the Campus efforts are continuing as part of a partnership between the University of Toronto Scarborough and Evergreen, a non-profit organization that builds the relationship between nature, culture and community in urban spaces.

Several upcoming events are planned, and volunteers are invited to “come out and get their hands dirty” whether it’s for 15 minutes or during a lunch hour. Members of the campus Evergreen committee encourage faculty, staff and students to come out and volunteer for an event, noting that it’s a good way to get some fresh air and exercise while enhancing the natural beauty of the campus.

“The campus community has really gotten behind these activities in the past, and we are looking forward to the support of volunteers for another season of fabulous green events at the University of Toronto Scarborough,” said Tim Lang, Sustainability Coordinator. “It’s important for us as an educational institution to promote activities that foster an appreciation for the environment and provide hands-on learning related to our natural surroundings.”

Gloves and equipment will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring a reusable water bottle. Signup can be done through the campus Intranet.

Here is a list of upcoming events:

LITTER AND RECYCLING CLEANUP - Tuesday, September 9 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Meeting location: H-Wing patio.

WILDFLOWER GARDEN PLANTING - Thursday, October 2 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Meeting location: Near the campus entrance sign at the southwest corner of Ellesmere and Military Trail.

WILDFLOWER GARDEN STEWARDSHIP - Thursday, October 9 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Help prepare the campus for winter.  NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION: This event will now take place on the lower campus in the Highland Creek valley. Please meet under the scoreboards at the baseball diamond.

TRICK OR TREES – Second Annual Halloween Planting - Friday, October, 31 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Wear a costume and come out to help plant trees and shrubs on campus. Meeting location: Lower campus parking lot.

For more information, contact Tim Lang, Sustainability Coordinator, at tlang@utsc.utoronto.ca or (416) 208-2669 or Caitlin Langlois, Scarborough Stewardship Coordinator, Evergreen, at clanglois@evergreen.ca or (416) 596- 1495 ext. 292.




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