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March 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

University of the District of Columbia Campus Beautification Project
The University and community partners come together to plant trees on the urban campus as part of an important beautification project.

Washington, DC – On Saturday, March 28, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. students, faculty and staff of the University of the District of Columbia will gather on campus with DC Master Gardeners, Casey Trees and its Citizen Foresters, as well as with community residents – to plant trees as part of the campus beautification effort.

The tree planting project will take place at the University’s Van Ness Campus, at the corner of Van Ness Street and Connecticut Avenue, N.W., conveniently located at the Van Ness Metro station.

Under the direction of Sandy Farber-Bandier, Environmental and Natural Resources Extension Agent, Master and Junior Master Gardener Coordinator for the University of the District of Columbia’s Cooperative Extension Service – participants will not only feel good about doing good they will also learn about tree planting and environmental stewardship. As the city’s Master Gardener, Mrs. Farber-Bandier trains a team of District residents to become Master Gardeners who provide gardening expertise to residents throughout the various Wards in the city.

The beautification project is the result of an important collaborative effort between the University and key community partners. The replacement of nearly two dozen trees is a donation to the University from the D.C. Department of Transportation Urban Forestry Administration and local non-profit, Casey Trees. DDOT oversaw the first step in the project, with the removal of dead trees on the Van Ness campus. On March 28, local non-profit, Casey Trees and its team of trained volunteer Citizen Foresters will share their expertise and experience in proper tree planting and placement. Casey Trees is a natural partner as it seeks to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy in the nation’s capitol. The project has an estimated value of $15,000.00.

“This is a first step to make this campus green,” stated Dr. Allen L. Sessoms, President of the University of the University of the District of Columbia. “This is one of several exciting campus beautification efforts currently underway at the University.”

District residents are invited and encouraged to participate in the tree planting project as it provides a great opportunity to meet neighbors, support the city’s University, learn about tree planting and be of service.

Planting tools and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to: Sandy Farber Bandier at sfarber@udc.edu or (202) 274-7166.

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