It’s not difficult to find shade at The University of Alabama.

With the campus’s 10,000 trees far outnumbering its buildings, UA is more of an urban forest with a school hidden beneath its foliage than the typical brick and cement university with a few scattered trees dotting its property.

For the third year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized UA’s sprawling forest as a “Tree Campus USA.”

The City of Tuscaloosa, along with the Alabama Power Service Organization and the Alabama Forestry Commission, are teaming up to give away thousands of tree seedlings next week.

Earth Day celebrates its 47th year in 2017. Beginning in 1970, Earth Day has the credit for kickstarting the modern environmental movement.

“Earth Day is important because it is a certain day set aside to remind us of how important our environment is and why it needs to be taken care of,” said Neal Hargle, Tuscaloosa County Extension Agent. “If we are not reminded how important it is, we may misuse or abuse our environment and lose some of our precious resources that we cannot get back for others to enjoy.” 

The City of Tuscaloosa will host the annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day on Saturday, June 4 from 8 a.m. until noon at the City of Tuscaloosa Public Safety Logistics building located at 3311 Kauloosa Avenue.

Household hazardous waste is the discarded, unused or leftover portion of household products containing toxic chemicals. Many hazardous wastes bear by warning labels such as poisonous or flammable. Improper disposal of these wastes can pose a threat to human health and the environment. Items dropped off will either be neutralized and recycled into new product or safely and properly disposed.

The City of Tuscaloosa will host the eighth annual Lake Tuscaloosa-North River Waterfest and Lake Clean Up on April 8 and 9. The two-day event features an educational expo for local fourth-grade students and a lake cleanup event open to the public.

Residents of the City of Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas receive their drinking water from Lake Tuscaloosa, which is fed by the North River watershed. Waterfest provides an opportunity for local students and citizens to learn more about protecting and conserving the local water supply.

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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