College Campus Gets Greener

Soon you will be seeing some new trees being planted at St. Clair County Community College. The college recently received a $1500 grant to plant trees on the college campus. The grant was awarded through a partnership between the DNR, the DTE Energy Foundation, and ReLeaf Michigan. SC4 is one of 33 communities in the state to receive the award and the only college or university awarded the grant this year. SC4 President Dr. Deborah Snyder said they are thrilled to once again receive the grant and that the college looks forward to having new trees on campus. The program, according to the college’s website, supports SC4’s commitment to environmental stewardship and represents one of the college’s many green initiatives. The trees proposed were chosen by faculty who were designing their selections for varietal and environmental impact. It is estimated the new trees will intercept nearly 450 gallons of stormwater runoff. The DNR says the tree planting program is part of an initiative supporting environmental care. Since the program’s founding, nearly 46,000 trees and seedlings have been planted in more than 500 Michigan communities.