CSU Dominguez Hills Marks Earth Day

With Earth Day just around the corner, California State University, Dominguez Hills students, faculty and staff are showing their commitment to the environment in a variety of ways this year. Below are a listing of activities of which Dateline was made aware.

Students take a break from tree planting to smile for the camera.

Students take a break from tree planting to smile for the camera.

Carson Tree Planting

More than 60 students, faculty and staff got an early start to Earth Day by helping add a little more green to the City of Carson during a tree planting event in celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day (April 26) that took place Saturday, April 13.  Sponsored by Shell in partnership with the city and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, the event planted 104 trees in city parks and neighborhood street parkways.

The CSU Dominguez Hills “Team Toros” was one of the largest groups among the 300 volunteers who participated.

Spring Native Plant Sale

The Department of Biology propagates California native species — in many cases native to the South Bay region — of trees, shrubs and flowers in the campus greenhouse south of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics building. To raise money toward various student projects related to native plant restoration, those plants are being sold during the Spring Native Plants Sale.

The first sale took place  Saturday, April 13, and a second will take place from noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16. nativeplantscsudh.blogspot.com/.

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A sign made by Troop 388 marks one end of the Heritage Creek trail.

Heritage Creek Cleanup

Biology students will be spending Earth Day weeding and restoring a little-known area of campus called Heritage Creek Preserve. Located just south of Parking Lot 7, the area includes a trail lined with seating and native species plants. Trail signs indicate that Heritage Creek had once been projects of local Boy Scout Troops 388 (Lomita) and 191 (Redondo Beach). The Ecology Club also will plant a tree at Heritage Creek to commemorate the day. For this and other activities of the Ecology Club, visit nativeplantscsudh.blogspot.com/p/calendar.html.

Labor, Social and Environmental Justice Fair

Taking place a few days after Earth Day on Thursday, April 25 and with the theme “Plant the Seeds of Change,” the Fifth Annual Labor, Social and Environmental Justice Fair  includes information booths, speakers, and workshops designed to connect students with community groups and labor organizations doing social justice and/or environmental work. At one of the booths will be students in the Environmental Science Club offering information on various sustainable projects on campus that they have initiated. The event,organized by the Labor Studies Program and the Labor Studies Club, will take place on the East Walkway from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.dhlaborstudies.org/