Outreach

Sewanee campus certified as a Tennessee Arboretum

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The University of the South has long been known for its natural beauty. Generations of students and visitors have sat in the shade of a tree in the Quad, strolled through Manigault Park, and enjoyed the springtime splendor of Abbo’s Alley. Now the diversity of Sewanee’s trees has been documented and the campus recognized by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council as a certified arboretum.

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Update on Sewanee's agroforestry project in Bois Joli, Haiti

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Sewanee professor Deb McGrath and students are working toward a potential solution to the twin problems of poverty and deforestation in Haiti: payment for ecosystem services. They are working with Zanmi Agrikol (Haitian Creole for “Partners in Agriculture,” a sister organization to Paul Farmer’s Partners in Health), using agroforestry to produce both coffee for export and carbon offsets. A video slideshow documents their progress.

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Painting a Modern Picture of Conservation - The Paint Rock River National Wildlife Refuge

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On Tuesday, February 5th, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) hosted a public forum at the Franklin County Library to discuss the creation of a new wildlife refuge, the Paint Rock River National Wildlife Refuge, in southern Franklin County. The presentation comes after years of tireless efforts by a diverse assemblage of stakeholders. Pending its approval in June of this year, the refuge stands to be just the eleventh refuge created under President Obama. More notably, it will be one of a very few refuges in the country whose focus is protecting threatened upland terrestrial habitat in the southern Appalachians.

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Sustainability Outreach Takes a Hold at Sewanee

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As Sewanee looks to become an ever more sustainable institution, the University is also looking to assist members of the entire community in achieving a level of sustainability of their own. While most people equate sustainability as simply environmentalism and recycling, it links environmental stability with economic vitality and social justice. Sewanee hopes to not only help the planet but also help the local community at the same time.

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Sewanee: Zanmi ak Ayiti (“Friends with Haiti”)

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Associate professor of biology Deb McGrath is working toward a potential solution to the massive deforestation problem in Haiti: payment for ecosystem services (PES). PES is a system whereby incentives are offered to land owners to manage their land for ecosystem services such as watershed protection, reduced erosion, and carbon sequestration. McGrath, recent graduate Keri Bryan (C’12) and a handful of current students are doing extensive work with Zanmi Agrikol (Haitian Creole for “Partners in Agriculture,” a sister organization to Paul Farmer’s Partners in Health) to make PES a reality for the struggling farmers of the Haitian Central Plateau.

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