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Thursday, September 21, 2023


Office of Sustainability to observe Arbor Day

Weeds can hog up space and sap nutrients, keeping produce from growing to its potential. | Courtesy of the Office of Sustainabilty

Students worked in the community garden on Wednesday to celebrate UH Earth Week. | File photo/The Cougar

The Office of Sustainability will hold a tree scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, with a central table at Butler Plaza, in celebration of Arbor Day.

Students will also be able to witness Facilities Management pruning and spreading mulch for trees around campus.

Arbor Day is a 210-year-old event that traces its roots to the Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra, where the local priest, convinced of the importance of trees, made a festive day out of planting them. Though it was not recognized in the United States until the late 19th century, it is now celebrated worldwide as a time to take care of old forests and help make new ones.

“Through the combined efforts at institutions and organizations across the globe, it’s clear that sustainability is on the mind of many — as it should be,” said Sarah Kelly, program manager for the Office of Sustainability, in a press release. “Our livelihood, happiness and future depend on it.”

For more information about other events included in UH Earth Week, visit the UH Office of Sustainability website.

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