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June 12 , 2012
Staff members at LHSC and St. Joseph’s are taking on a new environmental challenge: planting trees. “Staff members are supporting Reforest London and the City of London’s Million Tree Challenge by purchasing trees for their own homes or to donate to neighborhoods needing more tree cover,” says Dave Crockett, integrated vice-president of facilities management for both organizations. This personal initiative by staff is in addition to the trees being planted at the hospital sites.
The goal is to have staff members plant 1,000 trees in 2012 and many began the challenge by purchasing and picking up small and large potted trees from Parkwood Hospital on June 11, 2012. Although the final tally of trees sold to staff at both organizations will not been known for another week, Crockett believes that over 1,000 tress have already been purchased.
For over four decades London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London have pursued energy conservation and sustainability with their efforts resulting in local, provincial and national awards. Since the Million Tree Challenge started in 2011, over 500 trees have been planted at LHSC and St. Joseph’s, with the goal to plant 1,000 new, large caliper trees by 2014.
Crockett, who believes each person can make a difference to the environment by doing a few things that collectively have a huge impact, is walking the talk having personally planted 3,200 trees in his lifetime. "Trees provide a natural infrastructure canopy with both economic and health benefits,” he says. “They clean the air, produce oxygen, help to manage rain water, provide sun protection, reduce heating and cooling costs, and provide a healthy environment for work and play.”
From left, Dave Crockett, integrated vice-president of facilities management, LHSC and St. Joseph’s, hands Darrell Laird, portering, LHSC, one of 1,000 trees to be personally planted by hospital employees in support of Reforest London and the City of London’s Million Tree Challenge.
Amanda Chouinard (left), medical laboratory technician, LHSC, brings daughter Charlotte and husband Marc to pick up a tree sapling in support of Reforest London and the City of London’s Million Tree Challenge. Elaine vanTol (right), Reforest London, offers them some advice on how to properly planting their tree.