Tree Campus USA

Arbor Day Celebration on April 24, in the Gifford Arboretum

- "Fruit and Edible Tree Tour" at 5 pm by GA curator Tim Perez, starting at the Stone Semicircle.
- Concert at 6 pm: Live Jazz Band from Frost School of Music:  
   Finger food and refreshments will be served. 

Our main campus has been designated TREE CAMPUS USA for the 5th year in a row!
Learn more 
- Visit this wonderful map project of the Arboretum.
- Dowload our 2018 Tree Care Plan

Frost Jazz Band

Aaron Bissoondial
is an 18 year old guitarist from Wayne, New Jersey. He was the 3rd place winner in the Rock/Blues category of the 2016 International Wilson Guitar Competition and Festival in Milwaukee, WI. Awards of his include Outstanding Soloist awards at both the West Milford Jazz Festival and the Livingston Jazz Festival. Aaron has attended the Manhattan School of Music Precollege and currently attends Frost School of Music at the University of Miami on a Presidential Scholarship. His love for gospel and blues styles featuring use of bottleneck slide guitar combined with a passion for the Jazz tradition creates a unique sound.

Ben Taylor is a guitarist from Greenville, South Carolina studying jazz performance at the Frost School of Music. Ben was a four year jazz student at his local fine arts high school, and performed with the top jazz band for three years, two of which he was the band leader. In his senior year, he was awarded Most Outstanding Senior as well as 2nd place in the Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Competition in Charlotte, North Carolina. While Ben primarily plays jazz, he also enjoys exploring other genres of music, such as rock, pop, blues, R&B, worship, and bluegrass, and he has performed with established musicians across all genres such as Martin Smith, Evaluna Montaner, Chuck Loeb, Steve Watson, and many more.

Hailing from New York City, New York 19 year old jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player Zaq Davis has proved himself as up and coming young lion in the New York and Miami jazz scenes. He has played in bands such as The Grammy Jazz Band, The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra, The Vail Jazz Workshop, The Danowsky/Wolsk Jazz Orchestra, and the Hip-Bone Big Band, and has been honored with Downbeat, and Young Arts awards. Having played at venues such as The Monterey Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Birdland Jazz Club, Catalina’s Jazz Club, and The Barbican Centre in London, Zaq Davis’ creative style of playing is deeply rooted in the tradition yet still fresh and interesting.


 

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Arbor Day Observance in the Gifford Arboretum on April 19 at 5.00 pm. during Earth Week
Steve Pearson, Director of the Gifford Arboretum invites you to a tour of the Arboretum at 5 pm, and at 6 pm, to a beautiful Concert by the World Peace Ensemble from the Frost School of Music.
Finger food and refreshments will be served. Steve Pearson, Director of the Gifford Arboretum invites you to a beautiful Concert by jazz ensemble from the Frost School of Music, the Zack Zebley Trio
Finger food and refreshments will be served.

Volunteer on April 9 with TREEmendous to celebrate Earth Week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This recognition should also go to our partner organization TREEmendous Miami. UM students have been volunteering with TREEmendous on a constant basis over the years, allowing our community to get a healthier urban canopy.

One on TREEmendous MIami’s most visible projects have been the trees along the Metrorail from I-95 to Bird Road. However, one of its most important projects environmentally has been its work at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. During the last 10 years, TREEmendous Miami has planted over 11,000 trees to restore the ecological value of this wonderful site that is extremely important to migratory birds, water quality and spawning grounds, and providing habitat for endangered species like the American Crocodile, various sea turtles, and a variety of other more common native fauna. These trees were carefully selected to reflect what would have grown on this island hundreds of year’s ago and would have provided important habitat for migratory birds to stop, rest and refuel before continuing their journeys. However, as the native trees we have planted grow up to create the canopy that would have existed on this site 200 years ago, we need to battle invasive and rampantly growing plants that will be naturally shaded out as the canopy fills in more and more during the next few years. In the meantime, however, our maintenance activities are vitally important and, believe it or not, this “work” can be a fun and an very satisfying endeavor. TREEmendous Miami is the only tree planting group that makes maintenance an integral part of its endeavors.

 

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The University of Miami -Coral Gables Campus is proud to have been designated “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation.
Colleges and Universities all over America are working right now to make their campuses greener and cleaner, University of Miami is doing its part.
The Arbor Day Foundation began in 1972 and is one of the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to planting trees. It has been working with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters to plant trees in National and State forests.
Arbor Day Foundation has recognized more than 3,000 communities through the Tree City USA program, among them the City of Coral Gables and the City of South Miami.
The Tree campus USA recognition will benefit UM. It is the confirmation that our canopy significantly reduces the amount of energy our campus needs to generate, it sequesters Carbon dioxide, purify the air, and give students, faculty and staff a peaceful setting to study.

Our campus has a unique landscape architecture with elements designed specifically for its climate and natural setting. It conveys a positive and unified sense of place, coherency, and consistency. Its thoughtful landscape planning has become renown worldwide as a “campus-in-a-tropical garden”. The campus enjoys a number of important vegetated areas which include Lake Osceola, The Gifford Arboretum, the Ibis Natural Trail, the Palmetum and the Butterfly Garden. Our goal is to preserve and enhance the following important features. Our general purpose is to guarantee that the standards of beauty, sustainability and environmental stewardship are respected and applied on our campus landscape.
More specifically, we strive to promote the use of Native plants or low-maintenance plant species, increase species diversity and tree canopy, develop environmentally friendly landscape designs to conserve energy and water, reduce the urban heat island effect on campus, and promote improvements in air quality, and finally to protect existing campus canopy during construction and renovation projects.


Learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation and Tree Campus USA


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