Foggy Bottom Campus Gets 23 New Trees

GW’s Envi­ron­men­tal Law Asso­ci­a­tion Spon­sors Cam­pus Tree Planting

The George Wash­ing­ton com­mu­nity gath­ered together last Fri­day to replace and replant 23 trees across the FB Campus

Zelkova ser­rata, black gum and wil­low oak trees – specif­i­cally selected for their envi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits and abil­ity to adapt to urban envi­ron­ments – were planted along F, G, H and Eye streets. The tree plant­ing was part of the Amer­i­can Bar Association’s One Mil­lion Trees Project – Right Tree for the Right Place at the Right Time, a nation­wide ser­vice project that calls on ABA mem­bers to plant trees with the goal of reach­ing one mil­lion trees across the U.S. by 2014.

Friday’s ser­vice project was spon­sored by the GW Law School’s student-run Envi­ron­men­tal Law Asso­ci­a­tion and the GW Office of Sus­tain­abil­ity with sup­port from Casey Trees, a D.C.-based non­profit com­mit­ted to restor­ing, enhanc­ing and pro­tect­ing the tree canopy of the nation’s cap­i­tal. Casey Trees and GW have a long­stand­ing rela­tion­ship of work­ing together on plant­ing trees on the Foggy Bot­tom and Mount Ver­non campuses.

The uni­ver­sity and Casey Trees have had a part­ner­ship since 2007 that has done much to improve the tree canopy at the Foggy Bot­tom and Mount Ver­non cam­puses,” said Sophie Waskow, sus­tain­abil­ity project facil­i­ta­tor in the Office of Sus­tain­abil­ity. “From plant­ing more than 150 new trees to com­plet­ing sur­veys of our exist­ing trees to fund­ing for interns to help water­ing trees dur­ing sum­mer months, GW’s part­ner­ship with Casey Trees is a win-win for the uni­ver­sity, the neigh­bor­hood and the city as a whole.”

LeRoy Pad­dock, asso­ciate dean for envi­ron­men­tal law stud­ies, serves on the ABA’s Envi­ron­men­tal, Energy and Resources Coun­cil, the group that set the goal of plant­ing one mil­lion trees across the U.S, and wanted GW to get involved with the project.

We work on envi­ron­men­tal issues often from inside the office, but actu­ally being out there in com­mu­ni­ties plant­ing trees that make a dif­fer­ence in neigh­bor­hoods or on cam­puses is a great way of prac­tic­ing what we prac­tice,” said Mr. Pad­dock, the fac­ulty adviser for the Envi­ron­men­tal Law Asso­ci­a­tion, a stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides edu­ca­tional, career and net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for law stu­dents inter­ested in envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. “It allows us to apply our prac­tice of envi­ron­men­tal law to a real-world con­text that can improve com­mu­ni­ties and can help us under­stand what some of the com­mu­ni­ties’ needs are.”

Lau­ren Eck­hardt, a second-year law stu­dent and the pro bono coor­di­na­tor for the Envi­ron­men­tal Law Asso­ci­a­tion, said she wanted to give her fel­low stu­dents a chance to vol­un­teer in the community.

We spend a lot of time in the library so this is a good oppor­tu­nity for law stu­dents to take a break and make a pos­i­tive impact,” said Ms. Eck­hardt, who helped coor­di­nate the tree planting.

The project was funded by the part­ner­ship between GW and Casey Trees, which focuses on expand­ing GW cam­puses’ tree canopy and using the land­scap­ing and streetscapes as an urban lab­o­ra­tory to develop enhanced urban tree plant­ing con­di­tions in con­junc­tion with the D.C. government.

Trees help GW work toward its cli­mate action goals,” said Ms. Waskow. “Trees reduce car­bon emis­sions by absorb­ing car­bon diox­ide from the air, and they help absorb storm water, which can lead to pol­lu­tion in the river.”

Another land­scap­ing change will occur this week as approx­i­mately 75 rose bushes will be relo­cated from their cur­rent loca­tion on the 21st Street side of Uni­ver­sity Yard, between Cor­co­ran Hall and Wood­hull House to the flower gar­den across the street on the south side of Lis­ner Audi­to­rium. This relo­ca­tion is in prepa­ra­tion for the upcom­ing con­struc­tion of the George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity Museum on the cur­rent site of the rose bushes.

Orig­i­nally planted more than 20 years ago on the Mid-Campus Quad, which is now known as Kogan Plaza, in con­junc­tion with All Amer­i­can Rose Selec­tions, a non­profit asso­ci­a­tion ded­i­cated to the intro­duc­tion and pro­mo­tion of excep­tional roses, these plants were relo­cated to their exist­ing loca­tion in 1997 when the Mid-Campus Quad under­went a major ren­o­va­tion. At that time, the col­lec­tion expanded with a dona­tion of rose bushes by alumni Jack and Anne Morton.

The GW Museum will be housed in Wood­hull House at the cor­ner of 21st and G streets, which will be expanded to a total of 35,000-square-feet. The GW Museum, which is receiv­ing final approval from the D.C. Zon­ing Com­mis­sion, will house the Albert H. Small Wash­ing­to­ni­ana Col­lec­tion, an unpar­al­leled com­pi­la­tion of rare doc­u­ments, maps and other mate­ri­als related to Wash­ing­ton, D.C.’s his­tory. Mr. Small donated the col­lec­tion to the uni­ver­sity in Feb­ru­ary 2011.

The Tex­tile Museum, cur­rently located on S Street, NW, will also become part of the museum. In addi­tion, a con­ser­va­tion and resource cen­ter ded­i­cated to the study and care of the Tex­tile Museum’s col­lec­tion will be con­structed on the GW Vir­ginia Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Cam­pus in Loudoun County, Va.


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