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The giving tree: Waubonsee Community College celebrates Earth Week with slate of activities

Waubonsee Community College recently celebrated Earth Week with a slate of events that culminated with the planting of an autumn blaze maple tree behind the Student Center on Earth Day – April 22.

Even Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek took a turn with a shovel to help plant the tree.

“As a nationally recognized Tree Campus USA, Waubonsee Community College is dedicated to maintaining and developing the campus landscape to the highest possible standards,” said Don Larsen, director of Campus Operations for Waubonsee Community College. “Earth Week is a celebration that allows the college staff to showcase many of the efforts Waubonsee Community College [does] to protect and promote such a beautiful campus.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 1- room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. Further, through photosynthesis, an average-sized tree can provide enough oxygen for a family of four for one day, while studies have shown that trees help people feel better both physically and mentally.

Earth Week at Waubonsee began with a “Bringing Green Into Your Home” presentation by Mavis Bates, adjunct professor of math and sciences. Later, Jim Kleinwachter and The Conservation Foundation discussed “Bring Nature to Your Yard,” while Sue Bennett, acting chief of visitor services for the Pullman National Monument, gave a presentation about national parks. Jan Sorensen and Wasco Nursery gave a presentation regarding oak trees.

Approximately 40 administrators, students and guests attended the April 22 tree planting. Itrees.com, which participated in the planting event, discussed the significance of planting trees and maintaining their health.

“We care a great deal about the health of our communities,” Itrees.com founder Chris Harford said. “Planting trees today can make this place beautiful for future generations, and we are happy to help out at the college.”

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