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Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 11:10 AM
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To Honor King, Howard, Alphas and Arbor Foundation Plant Memorial Tree
 

To Honor King, Howard, Alphas and Arbor Foundation Plant Memorial Tree
WASHINGTON (Aug. 18) – To commemorate the unveiling of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in the nation’s capital, Howard University, the Arbor Day Foundation and King’s fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., will be holding a tree planting event from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, on Howard University’s campus.

The event, “A Tribute to King’s Dream: Environmental Justice and Environmentalism in the 21st century,” is a partnership between the fraternity’s Alpha Goes Green Initiative, the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA, and Howard’s Office of Sustainability.

Prior to the planting, a program will be held on the importance of sustainability and protecting the environment in Blackburn Center. Included on the program are Howard President Sidney A. Ribeau and representatives from the Alpha Phi Alpha, the Arbor Day Foundation, Toyota Financial Services and Howard’s Office of Sustainability.

The ceremony will conclude with the planting of a southern magnolia tree on the lawn between Carnegie Hall and Howard Place. Native to the southeastern United States, the magnolia is a striking evergreen tree with large, dark green leaves and fragrant white flowers that typically grow up to 90 feet tall.

The Howard University community and Washington-area residents are invited to attend, “We are excited to partner with Alpha Phi Alpha to encourage campus chapters to adopt environmentally sustainable practices,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participation in the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA program is a great way for these chapters to further the important work of planting and caring for campus and community trees. The efforts provide environmental and social benefits to this and future generations.

Alfonzye Chisholm, director of the Office of Sustainability, said the planting is part of the University’s effort to become a leader in sustainability among educational institutions.

“Howard shares the commitment of Alpha Phi Alpha and The Arbor Day Foundation to protect the earth’s resources and have positive impact on climate change,” Chisholm said. “The MLK “Dream Tree” is the first tree planted on campus under the Tree Campus USA program and symbolizes our unified commitment to address this issue”
The fraternity said their effort is instrumental in keeping King’s dream of a cleaner and healthier environment alive, especially in disadvantaged communities. Starting with Howard’s campus, the Alpha Goes Green initiate will educate communities on the importance of environmental sustainability through simple yet effective green methods.

For further information, please contact the Office of University Communications at ouc@howard.edu.

About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated:
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. More information about the Alpha Goes Green, visit http://green.apa1906.net.

About Arbor Day Foundation:
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of more than one million members with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation, visit arborday.org.
 

   
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