Thread: Playing the Lorax

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  1. #11
    Oak
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
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    Central Indiana
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    RE: Playing the Lorax

    Well, the final decision was made by the university. We managed to persuade them to reduce the size and change the shape of the parking lot, which will preserve about 80% of the trees. That's good news! The bad news is that they must have their road through the area, which will divide a grove of trees from the park they will create. And their new road will eliminate a lot of species diversity. That's bad news. However, they have agreed to meet with a task force of faculty members who will advise them on the planting of new trees. That's good news! And the task force will continue to serve into the future as a Green Space Task Force, offering advice and recommendations on new projects as they arise and also considering ways to "green the campus." That's good news!

    Overall, we didn't get what we wanted, but we won some partial victories. And I think we made an important point. My efforts were not in vain.

  2. #12
    Oak
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Eastern PA
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    RE: Playing the Lorax

    Overall, more good news than bad... keep on loraxing!
    Cheers,
    Everett

    Green Man Enviroscaping LLC
    www.greenmanenvy.com

  3. #13

    RE: Playing the Lorax

    Agreed: The efforts were not in vain. (My take is that they wouldn't have been in vain even if they had failed. But this is even better.)

    Go with the momentum you have now. If I may make a suggestion: Convince some of the students to form a student society of some sort. (The "Lorax Club"? The "Truffula Society"?) This is an opportunity to get them to think of the campus and the planet as their's and to take stewardship of them both. If they're organized and prepared, the next time the admin wants to do something that seems ill-advised, you and the kids will be poised to act. Indeed, if your admin is composed of wise people (and let's go ahead and give them the benefit of any possible doubt), they will welcome the advice of your group as a resource.

    It is inevitable that there will be another construction project somewhere on campus that will impact some of your trees. If you are prepared with rational arguments in favor of more tree-friendly alternatives, the likelihood of your saving the trees will go up.

    Keep us posted.

    Congratulations!

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