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The Giving Trees: UC Irvine Wins Tree Planting Grant

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UC Irvine, recognized recently by the Urban Land Institute and Princeton Review's "Green Colleges" for its sustainability and energy efficiency efforts, has won a tree-planting grant from the ADF and Toyota and will celebrate Earth Day on Friday April 22 with an on-campus, volunteer tree planting in Aldrich Park, reports the UC Newsroom.

Last fall, UCI earned a grant and a "Tree Campus USA" designation from the national Arbor Day Foundation and planted 50 new trees to commemorate that honor. Tree planting events have reportedly drawn strong student support:

"Students are naturally drawn to tree planting events in the park since it allows us to leave something permanent on campus and bond with others planting the trees with us," said Kevin Schlunegger, social ecology major and sustainability commissioner with Associated Students of UC Irvine. "It's a great hands on event that allows us to reflect on the beauties of nature and connect with our campus while building community, and when we're older, we can come back to see how the tree has grown."