Illinois College’s tree diversification efforts and sustainability goals,
Homefield Energy is donating 20 trees to the school to assist with replacing
trees lost due to the spread of the emerald ash borer and Dutch elm disease.
SWIC President Nick Mance, along with college staff and students, local
officials, and representatives from Homefield Energy will commemorate the
donation with a ceremonial tree planting.
The Ceremonial Tree Planting
will take place Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 12:45 p.m. at the SWIC Belleville Campus Information
Sciences Building, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville, IL 62221
“Southwestern Illinois College has a
long tradition of supporting the environment from our arboretum to our LEED
Gold Certified Liberal Arts Complex,” said SWIC President Nick Mance. “A
donation from Homefield Energy to purchase trees only enhances our beautiful
campus and furthers our “green” initiatives.”
The donated trees – including
willow, magnolia, oak, red bud, pine, dogwood, and maple, among other species –
will further diversify the school’s tree population.
“As a company, we take pride
in helping the communities and organizations we serve meet their sustainability
goals,” said Caroline Atkins, Homefield Energy community affairs manager.
“Trees have numerous ecological benefits, but they also strengthen, grow, and beautify
our communities. We hope these trees will have a lasting impact and further
enhance the quality of life for SWIC students, faculty, and alumni.”
Since 2002, Homefield Energy,
and its sister companies, have provided nearly 300,000 trees to various partner
communities. The donated trees have helped generate environmental savings and
health benefits for municipalities and residents valued at approximately $37
million annually during the life of these trees.
Interested in donating
additional trees to SWIC? Trees can be donated to the college by contacting the
SWIC Foundation at Foundation@swic.edu or 618-235-2700, ext. 5215.