Nov. 20, 2018— Furthering Illinois Wesleyan University’s sustainability goals and tree diversification efforts, Homefield Energy donated 12 trees to the school to assist with replacing trees lost due to the spread of the emerald ash borer. Illinois Wesleyan University President Eric Jensen, along with University staff and students, and representatives from Homefield Energy commemorated the donation with a ceremonial tree planting.
“We are thankful to receive these trees donated by Homefield Energy, especially now, as we’ve experienced extreme ash tree loss across campus from the emerald ash borer,” said Illinois Wesleyan University President Eric Jensen. “The new trees will offer beauty and shade for thousands of future Titans who will, without a doubt, spend countless hours studying and socializing under their canopies.”
The donated trees – including cobblestone bur oak, hackberry, Japanese lilac, Norway spruce, Princeton elm, and quaking aspen, among other species – were selected by the University’s arborist and further diversify the school’s tree population.
“As a company, one of the numerous ways we focus on sustainability excellence is through our signature tree donation program,” said Caroline Atkins, Homefield Energy community affairs manager. “In addition to their numerous ecological benefits, trees bring people together, and we hope these trees will be a part of students’ college experience for years to come.”
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.