On Friday, February 24th, students from the George Washington Law School’s Environmental Law Association (ELA) partnered with Casey Trees to plant 23 trees on GW’s Foggy Bottom campus. This is the first time that the GW ELA has contributed to the One Million Trees Project, a nationwide effort led by the American Bar Association to plant one million trees across the United States by 2014, aiming to educate citizens about the benefits of trees and their role in helping to fight climate change.
Begun in March 2009, the One Million Trees Project has already planted 11,718 trees across the country with the help of lawyers and students. On Friday, 25 students and volunteers braved the afternoon rain to plant Zelkovas, Chinese elms and Willow oaks along the streets of the Foggy Bottom campus. GW’s Grounds Department also contributed to the effort by helping the students dig, plant and stake the trees.
This planting event was funded by the GW Streetscape Grant which is working to making GW’s campus more sustainable and increase its tree canopy. Through the grant, Casey Trees has partnered with GW to consult on campus development projects, analyze GW’s tree canopy and advocate for more trees on its campus. Future projects include reaching out to stakeholders regarding low-impact development.