December 14, 2021
Trees for Life helps university reduce its carbon footprint

Trees for Life helps university reduce its carbon footprint

The University of Guelph is now home to a future forest, thanks to Trees for Life.

The university’s Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Sustainability Office partnered with Trees for Life to plant about 700 trees on Sept. 29.

More than 200 volunteers participated in planting a variety of native tree species on a former toboggan hill on the school’s campus in Guelph, Ont. The trees will help transform the hill into a naturalized area to offset carbon emissions generated by the recent construction of Lang Plaza. Located outside of U of G’s MacDonald Hall, Lang Plaza  features seating areas, a fire pit, bio-infiltration garden and a water fountain.

“We are so pleased to welcome Trees for Life to campus to participate in this important event at the Lang School,” said Dr. Lysa Porth, Dean of the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics. “We value collaborative communities, good citizenship and a strong sense of belonging and this tree planting initiative captures the essence of our healthy and diverse community. I’m excited to join our students, faculty and other community members in planting these trees next to our campus.”

The tree planting was sponsored by the University of Guelph and funded in part by Trees for Life, which is supported by Natural Resources Canada through the Federal Government’s 2 Billion Trees Program.

Trees for Life is a national charity committed to empowering tree-planting initiatives across Canada. Its first two campaigns, the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute Campaign and GrandTrees Climate Solutions, raised over $12.4 million and planted more than one million trees. An additional one million trees are expected to be planted by the end of 2022. For more information, visit