Environmental Club collecting funds for new trees

Environmental Club collecting funds for new trees

Photo credit/ Kelsey Van Horn

Satara Dickey, Editor-in-Chief

To help celebrate Marywood’s Centennial, the Pugwash (Environmental Club) is looking to plant 100 trees around campus.

“A lot of trees were cut down for construction, and I think it’s a good cause to bring back our arboretum status,” said Amanda Ostroski, sophomore biology and pre-medicine major and Vice President of Pugwash.

The project, which is titled “Put the Wood Back in Marywood,” began at the start of the spring 2015 semester and is a SAC/SGA approved event.

“To date, the money for 80 trees has been pledged,” said Zarlasht Abubakr, a sophomore environmental science major and President of Pugwash.

If the additional funds are not raised, the club plans to plant the trees for which funds have already been raised, according to Abubakr.

“We are still collecting donations for trees,” said Abubakr. “To sponsor a whole tree is $40 dollars, but any amount will help.”

The Pugwash is hoping the Marywood community will help them reach their goal.

“We are looking for volunteers from students, faculty, staff, clubs and organizations to assist us in planting the trees around campus, making it a photo-op event with a big splash and a dedication,” said Abubakr.

The official date for planting has yet to be determined. However, the club is aiming for mid-October as the funds become available to them, according to Abubakr.

The type of trees and their location have also yet to be determined.

According to Abubakr, the type of trees are to be determined in conjunction with Buildings and Grounds along with Arboretum Committee.

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