The SHADE initiative, launched by Samford University President Andrew Westmoreland and SGA President James Hornsby, has continued to replenish the tree population on campus. The initiative first launched in fall 2018 after recognizing several trees had been cut down in recent years due to drought and disease. It has since raised nearly $30,000 to fund 250 new trees on campus this academic year. On Feb. 26, volunteers gathered at more than 10 locations across campus to plant trees.
For junior Emily Thorington, donating and volunteering with SHADE represented an investment in how she hopes people will experience the campus in the future.
"I love the trees on campus. My grandpa grew up in Birmingham and told me about the trees so I wanted to be able to contribute to the trees while I was here," she said.
The total fundraising goal for the project is $50,000. Donations can be made online or by contacting Karen Templeton, 205-726-4580.