During the summer of 2015, several Roosevelt University students majoring in Sustainability Studies have been doing internships or pursuing study abroad opportunities in various locales around the world, from Chicago to Hawaii and from Schaumburg to Scandinavia. We’ve invited them to write up reports from the field on their activities, adventures, and advocacy work in the service of environmental conservation, sustainable development, and social justice.
This post is from Sarah Tag, a senior SUST major, has been managing the RU Community Garden and working this summer and fall at RU’s Schaumburg Campus on a wide variety of sustainability projects.
One of the most exciting projects that I have had the opportunity to work on for my environmental sustainability internship this summer is tree tagging. Roosevelt University’s Schaumburg campus is a certified arboretum, and we work hard to maintain accreditation. As part of our efforts, we are labeling every tree on campus with a round numbered aluminum tag.
Tree tagging is significant because it communicates the importance of trees to the local community. Trees benefit us in so many ways, and our Schaumburg campus tree community is a major part of our sustainable landscape. Trees filter air pollutants, thus enhancing and preserving air quality. They reduce erosion and sedimentation, which helps to stabilize the soil. They provide wind breaking and shade effects, which reduces energy consumption. They provide nesting areas for birds and other wildlife, which help control insects. They reduce stormwater runoff, and thus replenish groundwater supplies. Finally, they reduce the spread of noise. These benefits are gained not just by those visiting the Schaumburg campus, but also for those living in and visiting the village of Schaumburg.
There are over 400 trees on campus in Schaumburg, including 13 young fruit trees that were planted earlier this year to make up our edible forest. Every one of these trees is accounted for, with a number on a map that was created long before I began my work here. As we work our way through the campus tagging the trees, we need to follow this map every step of the way. The task is far from complete. We expect to have some help with this task, though. A local Boy Scout troop will be joining us in October to help finish this enormous project. It will be a very proud day when each of these trees’ numbers is displayed for students, faculty, and visitors of the university to see!
Submitted by Sarah Tag on 15 Sept 2015