The UofA Arboretum and Mayor Rothschild held an Earth Day event on the morning of Tuesday 4/22 that highlighted the environmental work being done by the City of Tucson and the UofA. The event included speeches from Tanya Quist of the UofA Arboretum, Mayor Rothschild, Katie Gannon of Trees for Tucson, Dean Jan Cervelli of the College of Architecture Planning and Landscape Architecture, and UA Facilities Management. A tree was planted in the Modern Languages building courtyard in commemoration of Arbor Day 2014. After the event, Tanya Quist gave a tour of the UofA Arboretum.
There were several groups and programs that were recognized for their great work in making Tucson a better place. The UofA Arboretum is home to thousands of different tree species all around the UofA campus. They
work to enhance the diversity and health of the campus’ urban forest. The Arboretum is responsible for the research and study of these trees, and UofA Facilities Management is credited with planting and care-taking of the campus urban forest. They have partnered with the Arboretum to plant 30 trees in 30 days during April, to support Mayor Rothschild’s 10,000 Trees Campaign. The Mayor thanked everyone for their hard work helping Tucson plant 5,400 trees to date, putting the 10,000 Trees Campaign ahead of schedule. Mayor Rothschild also spoke on the importance of planting trees to better the economy, communities, environment and the aesthetics of our city.