Loyola Tree-planting Team
This team of dedicated students, faculty and staff are responsible for the 185 new trees that were planted on the Loyola campus in November 2019.
The project arose when a quartet of Arts and Science faculty members (Rebecca Tittler, Emma Despland, Carly Ziter, and Satoshi Ikeda), along with a separate group of students from the Concordia Greening Project (led by Théo Vergnet) came together with a common goal: to increase the number and diversity of trees on campus. Liz Faure, Communications Advisor for the Faculty of Arts & Science, took on the enormous task of coordinating communications between the appropriate people to make sure the project took place and was properly attended. Additionally, a number of staff and students volunteered to plant trees or got involved in the planning, approval, implementation, and communications of the project.
Every member of this team went above and beyond their regular professional or academic duties to ensure the project came to fruition, literally getting their hands dirty in the name of sustainability on campus. In addition to providing greenery and a cooling and healthy urban tree canopy to the Loyola campus, these trees will also function as a living lab, allowing professors to bring students right into the environment of a mini-urban forest as part of their classwork. As the trees grow and thrive, Concordians will be able to enjoy their beauty for decades to come.