On April 24, students, faculty, and staff from Marian College, Butler University, IUPUI, Ivy Tech Community College, and Martin University teamed up to plant 100 trees in Indianapolis. Approximately 100 volunteers showed up to make Indianapolis green; the project was co-sponsored by Indiana Campus Compact
(ICC) and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
Indianapolis’ east downtown planting project is part of KIB’s ongoing plan to plant 100,000 trees between 2007-17 to restore Indianapolis’ tree canopy through the NeighborWoods program.
According to KIB, Indianapolis is ranked 9th in the nation
for small particle pollution. Research performed at IUPUI found that Indianapolis has 24 percent tree coverage, falling short of the 45 percent tree coverage that American Forests recommends. To combat this shortage, KIB joined with ICC to plant trees, educate students on the value of green space, and lead students to more involvement in environmental issues in the future.
The project was supported by Indianapolis Power & Light Company and Veolia Water, the founding sponsors for the KIB’s NeighborWoods program. The majority of the trees and project supplies were provided by the NeighborWoods program, while the ICC purchased 10 percent of the trees through a $1000 community service mini grant.
Marian College has a rich tradition of serving the Indianapolis community and has been involved in several recent environmental outreach programs. On April 25, Marian College students and alumni participated in Knights Called to Serve, an event sponsored by the Marian College Alumni Association, the Silver Knights, and campus ministry and held in conjunction with United Way Youth Day of Caring. Led by Ian SerVaas, a Marian College junior and president of the Green Life Club on campus, the group participated in gardening, landscaping, and construction at various worksites throughout the community. Service sites included the YMCA, Wayne Branch Library, Flanner House, Marian College Convent, the Marian College EcoLab, and St. Vincent de Paul.