Originally published by toronto.com
Seneca College will soon have more trees and shrubs at its Newnham Campus on Finch Avenue East in North York.
The college said it has received $73,653 through the city’s Greening Partnership Grant to plant 1,220 shrubs and trees at Newnham by 2022.
The funding will create a “more sustainable and naturalized landscape” on campus, helping reduce Seneca’s carbon footprint and creating more green spaces for students, employees and the community, the college said.
“By planting native trees and naturalizing our campus, we are acknowledging that we share the land with our Indigenous Peoples and that we respect their sustainable teaching and land use values,” Don Forster, a senior manager at the college, said in a news release. “Planting trees also promotes biodiversity by attracting butterflies, birds, bees and squirrels and many other insects and small animals.”
The tree-planting program will include education for Seneca students through hands-on learning opportunities in the Environmental Landscape Management, Environmental Technician and Environmental Technology programs, the college said.