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Gifts that Grow

Spring convocation graduates at Laurentian helping tackle climate change.

(June 9, 2022) - Graduates at Laurentian University’s Spring convocation were thrilled to receive a pine tree seedling to mark their place in the world and create a memory of their special day. Laurentian’s Environmental Sustainability committee distributed the beautiful trees donated by Vale, as well as packages of wildflower seeds and QR code links to access selected videos produced by Laurentian describing the University’s globally-recognized research. There were smiles all around!

The trees that graduates took home to plant will serve as a lasting reminder of their momentous day, which they will be able to share with loved ones for the next 70 years (lifespan of the tree). Although the trees at convocation have a sentimental purpose, they also serve as critical tools in tackling climate change. Each tree planted will capture carbon, reduce soil erosion, and help in the reduction of stormwater runoff, resulting in cleaner and healthier water. These efforts represent the University's ongoing commitment to ecosystem restoration, led by students and faculty members. 

Laurentian University alumni are proud to be a part of a globally known regreening story and the UN Decade of Restoration's global initiatives. These efforts have resulted in significant land reclamation, better air quality, and cleaner water. Upcoming UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration initiatives include the development of a carbon-offset interpretive forest next to the Fraser Auditorium that will provide future graduates, family, and friends with an area to experience Laurentian’s environmental science stories.