Staff and students tend to new plantings on Earth Day.
Celebrating the Campus Environment
April 22nd marked Earth Day 2011, and there were several events on campus at which Fords could demonstrate their commitment to the environment and improving sustainability. Horticulturalist Mike Startup gave a reading of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, an environmental fable, on Founders porch. The College’s technology recycling vendor, Capitol Asset Recovery, brought a truck to campus to collect electronics for secure destruction and zero-landfill disposal. Volunteers assisted Arboretum staff in planting more than 800 native perennial wildflower plugs in the meadow above the Duck Pond. These new plantings not only beautify the campus, they also require less energy to maintain (i.e. they don’t have to be mowed) and provide protection and food for birds and small animals. Plantings were also added along the new road connecting the Haverford College Apartments to the main campus. The following week, to mark Arbor Day, Haverford’s Committee for Environmental Responsibility hosted a tree planting in the orchard in conjunction with the Haverford Green Initiative, a student organization supported by the Annual Fund that creates food gardens and other green spaces on campus for the benefit of the College community.