UNCA to Hold Greenfest Environmental Event;
Students and Seniors Spruce Up Campus with Pine Tree Planting
The UNC Asheville Student Government Association will hold UNCA’s
semi-annual Greenfest Wednesday, Oct. 16. The campuswide project involves
students, faculty and staff in campus environmental projects in the spring
and fall semesters.
A focus of the events this year includes the first Greenfest
intergenerational project. UNCA students will join N.C. Center for
Creative Retirement members in planting 40 white pine trees along the
perimeter of NCCCR’s Reuter Center site.
"Our goal is to offer extensive intergenerational learning
opportunities at the Reuter Center, so it seemed to be a good fit to share
this planting on the site with several generations," said Ron
Manheimer, NCCCR director.
Other projects include planting ground cover, trail maintenance and
spreading leaf compost at various locations across campus.
Since its beginning in 1991, Greenfest participants have added more
than 500 trees, 15 trails and hundreds of plants to the UNCA campus and
the Asheville Botanical Gardens. Last year, students helped create a
natural buffer zone between Glenns Creek and W.T. Weaver Blvd.
Greenfest is co-sponsored by the UNCA Physical Plant, Student
Government Association, Sigma Nu Fraternity and Underdog Productions, UNCA’s
campus activities planning board.
"I’m proud to see student organizations, the Physical Plant and
Student Government working together for a campus event that promotes a
green attitude," said event coordinator Chris Bubenik. "Our
school is dedicated to maintaining a green attitude and Greenfest is a way
for all of us to work together to ensure that attitude is kept."
- Chris Bubenik, UNCA SGA Member and Greenfest Coordinator,
- Melissa Acker, UNCA Landscape Director, 828/251-6699
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director, 828/251-6526