The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


Earth Day: Catholic University to Plant 35 Trees

WHEN: 9:30 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, April 22

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


In honor of national Earth Day on April 22, The Catholic University of America will plant 35 trees donated by Casey Trees, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., that aims to enhance the tree canopy of the city.

The trees will be planted between 9:30 and noon on the CUA mall across from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president, will plant a tree between 11 and 11:15 a.m. Father O'Connell will speak to the volunteers once the planting is complete around noon.

Volunteers from the CUA community, including students, faculty and staff, will assist in the planting of dawn redwoods, willow oak, deodar cedars, cryptomerias and black gums. These trees are native to the area or are considered suitable for the city's urban environment.

CUA was recently announced as a winner in the Environmental Protection Agency's 2008-2009 Green Power College and University Challenge. The challenge ranks collegiate athletic conferences by the total amount of green power bought by their member schools. CUA finished second overall among D.C. area schools in RecycleMania, a 10-week national competition among college recycling programs that concluded in March.

A lunch will be provided to volunteers and sponsors after the planting.

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MEDIA: Media are encouraged to cover the event between 10:45 and 11:15 a.m. Contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.