April 22, 2009
Written by Cory Chandler
Arbor Day is part of the two-week Spring into Green celebration, full of events focusing on making Texas Tech and the community more environmentally friendly. Photo by Artie Limmer.
The location isn’t the only change students, faculty and staff will see as they participate in Texas Tech’s Arbor Day celebrations – usually held on Memorial Circle – this year.
Texas Tech is broadening the scope of this springtime tradition in which Red Raiders turn out to plant and listen to live music.
The event will be held 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. April 24 in the Engineering Key.
This year organizers will include information on green-living subjects such as recycling and water conservation.
The broadened scope coincides with Lubbock’s introduction of Spring into Green, a two-week slate of events intended to raise awareness for sustainable living.
Free food is available to participants beginning at 11 a.m., and students also can nab a free T-shirt if they have a Texas Tech ID. T-shirts are $5.00 for faculty and staff.
Los Angeles-based electronic rock band Kingsley will perform from 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., when organizers will conduct a ceremony honoring participating student organizations.
Planting begins at 1:20 p.m.
Event organizers changed the location this year due to street work around Memorial Circle.
Arbor Day 2009 is hosted by Student Union & Activities and the Tech Activities Board with the help of the following people and departments: the Center for Campus Life, Facilities Planning and Construction, the Office of Communications & Marketing, Texas Tech University Ethics Initiative, the Student Government Association, 2008 Homecoming King Daily Fuller, 2008 Homecoming Queen Jenna Jones, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Grassroots Student Organization, USGBC-Students and the Tech Horticulture Society.