Monday, November 5, 2012

Sustainable Tennessee at Vol State

Vol State was the site of the Sustainable Tennessee Summit last week. It's an annual gathering of activists, business people and concerned citizens who discuss environmental issues facing the state. The Tennessee Environmental Council organizes the summit. The Vol State campus received a nice reminder of the importance of the environment courtesy of the Summit, with the planting of an Eastern Redbud tree planting.
 
Vol State Math and Science Dean, who helped to host the event, said that a large number of mature trees on the Vol State campus were destroyed in the tornado of 2006.
 
John McFadden with the Tennessee Environmental Council explained that they chose to plant a redbud tree, not just because of its aesthetic value, but because it is drought tolerant. You can also put the purple buds on your salad. 
 
“The benefits of trees are tree-mendous,” McFadden said. 
 
The Environmental Council promotes Tennessee tree propagation. McFadden demonstrated how to plant a tree. Dig a hole at least twice the width of the root ball. The top of the root ball should be almost even with the ground surrounding it. They no longer put fertilized soil in the hole with the new tree because of the shock the tree gets when its roots hit the Tennessee soil. Water the tree. When you add mulch, make sure not to cover the root flare and to leave some space around the tree trunk before the mulch starts. McFadden said that the mulch should look like a donut and not a volcano because “donuts are good and volcanoes are bad.”
 
Pictured left to right: John McFadden, executive director of the Tennessee Environmental Council,
Cynthia Hernandez, Vol State student and president of Team Change Agent, Dr. Jerry Faulkner, president of Vol State, and Dr. Olin Ivey, board member of the Chattanooga Urban Century Institute.

www.sustainableTN.org

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