Trees from graduation make campus greener: TWU fosters sustainability by re-planting greenery used during ceremonies

This year, the TWU graduation planning team wanted to make sustainability a priority. To minimize waste from the 2022 graduation events, the planning team came up with a creative idea: to use young trees for stage décor with the intent of later planting them on campus.

During TWU’s commencement ceremonies at the end of April, living trees graced the stage that graduands crossed during this significant moment of their lives. Afterwards, the trees were carefully moved back to TWU’s Langley campus where they were lovingly planted by TWU’s Campus Facilities team.


Fifteen new Emerald Cedars have been planted just west of the newly-renovated DeVries Centre, home to the School of Education. As the trees continue to grow, we hope that the graduating class of 2022 will continue to flourish as well.


“All year round, we work to beautify the campus while making wise choices to help sustain the natural environment. We are excited to have these new trees join the existing greenery throughout TWU,” said Kalyan Thapa, Grounds Manager.

John Ringness, Director of Facility Services, highlights the pride that Facility Services takes in providing quality services to the University. "We believe we are God’s stewards of the grounds and the buildings we are responsible for maintaining," John said. "Kal, thanks, for providing a high level of expertise and leadership to our Grounds team here at Trinity Western University.” 

This month, fifteen new Emerald Cedars have been planted just west of the newly-renovated DeVries Centre, home to the School of Education. President Mark Husbands took part in the planting process.

As the trees continue to grow, we hope that the graduating class of 2022 will continue to flourish as well.


See also — Congratulations, TWU class of 2022: Over 750 graduands honoured at Trinity Western’s spring commencement ceremony
 
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About Trinity Western University

Founded in 1962, Trinity Western University is Canada’s premier global Christian liberal arts university. We are dedicated to equipping students to discover meaningful connections between career, life, and the needs of the world. Drawing upon the riches of the Christian tradition, seeking to unite faith and reason through teaching and scholarship, Trinity Western University is a degree-granting research institution offering liberal arts and sciences as well as professional schools in business, nursing, education, human kinetics, graduate studies, and arts, media, and culture. It has four campuses and locations: Langley, Richmond-Lansdowne, Richmond-Minoru, and Ottawa. Learn more at www.twu.ca or follow us on Twitter @TrinityWestern, on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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