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Fall into nature: More events help to green the campus


by Mary Ann Gratton

The arrival of fall means a change of colours and a drop in temperature, but it also marks the start of another year 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 events are planned for the weeks ahead. Committee members urge faculty, staff and students to volunteer for an event, noting that people can get  some fresh air and exercise while beautifying the campus.

“The campus community really pulled together and supported these activities last year, so we are looking forward to another year of fabulous green events at the Scarborough campus,” said Paul Abell, Stewardship Coordinator at Evergreen. “We feel it’s important that these activities are happening at an educational institution, because learning more about nature and helping to enhance the campus are examples of hands-on education at its best.”

“Come on out and get your hands dirty!” said Tim Lang, Sustainability Coordinator. “Six different planting or green events took place last year and you can already see how the campus has been enhanced by these plantings and stewardship activities. Coming out to these activities – whether it’s on your lunch hour or coffee break – gives you a chance to spend some time outside while making our campus a greener and even more beautiful place to be.”

Gloves and equipment will be provided, and volunteers can sign up on the campus intranet. Upcoming events are as follows:

•    PLANT ON A SLANT Wednesday, October 3 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.  Help to save the slope into the valley on the hill behind the H-Wing patio. All are welcome to participate in a planting of native shrubs and grasses. Some of the shrubs to be planted may include Serviceberries and Staghorn Sumach, and grasses may include Indian Grass and Switch Grass. Meet on the H-wing patio at noon.

•    HICKORY STICKS – Thursday, October 11 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.  Help to beautify the area behind Hickory Hall residence along the Ring Road by planting trees and shrubs. Some of the tree species that may be planted include Silver Maple and White Cedar, and shrubs may include Alternate-Leaved Dogwood and Snowberries. Organizers are also planning to host a “seed shaking” to help spread nature around. Meet at the Residence Centre at 12 noon.

Volunteers can sign up via the intranet. Visit the campus web site at for details on these events. For more information about Evergreen, visit


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