On Wednesday April 19, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will help Valencia plant a selection of trees on West Campus in celebration of Earth Day. The event is part of a larger initiative to plant a total of 50 trees across all Valencia campuses in Orange and Osceola counties in commemoration of the college’s 50th anniversary.
Orlando Mayor Dyer joins Valencia, not only to recognize the college’s dedication to sustainability, but also to highlight the City of Orlando’s One Person, One Tree campaign, which is an urban forest initiative offering a free native tree to all homeowners residing within the city limits.
Other speakers representing Valencia College at the ceremony include Falecia Williams, president of West campus and the future Downtown campus, Director of Sustainability Resham Shirsat and Director of Grounds David Gennaro. Gennaro will speak on the Tree Campus USA designation bestowed on Valencia by the Arbor Day Foundation. This honor recognizes the college’s achievements in effectively managing and preserving campus trees while engaging the student body with service-learning opportunities.
Shirsat will speak on this year’s 50 Trees effort within the context of Valencia’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. Since signing the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment in 2009, Valencia has taken emissions inventory, set targets for becoming climate neutral and integrated sustainability into the curriculum.