FYE Service Project
Meredith Greenbelt Tree Planting
An essential part of Wangari Mathaai’s work in Kenya is bringing village women together to plant trees. Through this work Mathaai engages women, increases biodiversity, reforests local ecosystems, protects cultural sites, offers income generation, and provides cooking firewood and fodder. She calls the swaths of planted tree seedlings Green Belts. Women at Meredith College will plant our very own Green Belt in honor of Mathaai’s October 2009 visit. Each student will have the opportunity to plant a tree on campus, arranged in arboretum-style botanically interesting groupings. Freshmen will work with their First Year Experience classes as part of the annual class service project. The Meredith Green Belt tree planting is a partnership of the FYE Program, Student Leadership and Service, the Sustainability Office, and the Grounds Department.