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The Campus at Florida's Agricultural and Mechanical University represents the "mechanical" part of it's name but is lacking on the agricultural side. FAMU student, Aaron V. Johnson, laments the lack of vegetation and its benefits. He also shows that there are groups who would are willing to help bring back the trees.

Aaron V. Johnson:

As I walk my way to class, I can’t help but feel the agony of the harsh sun and smothering temperatures that the weather brings. Yes, I know it’s another typical summer day in Florida but what gives? If only there was more trees for shade.

On a very hot and humid September afternoon, a friend and I took our normal stroll towards our 3:30p.m. Physics class, we were both worn out for the day. The temperature was a steamy 95 degrees, and with a 105 degrees temperature once you include the sticky humidity.

As we climb up a couple set of stairs, I noticed that there were not many trees in the area. I looked around for the nearest one and found it to be several hundred feet away. The path coming from Palmettos Apartments through B.L. Perry and towards the Dyson Pharmacy Building is a long shade less walk with the sun stabbing you in the back every step of the way.

This problem confuses me, because though there is a lack of trees on FAMU’s campus there is plenty of vegetation in Florida State University and the rest of the city of Tallahassee. The landscapes between these places are visibly different. FSU is very environmentally developed with beautiful landscapes, with trimmings, and hedges to boost its appearance. The same can be said for many other areas around town.

It is now time for Florida A & M to receive that same treatment. The landscape really needs more trees. They will make a big difference between having a barren patch of desert to a more developed ecosystem bursting with wildlife helping to create the aurora of a natural and healthy environment.

The presence of more trees on campus will certainly help with many health and other issues for people. Trees provide all sorts of benefits for a college environment. They can cut a person’s air conditioning bill in half by saving energy and money. The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS), who promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida, can help fund projects for any residence, business, or schools that are willing to adopt native vegetation in all landscaped areas. There purpose is to promote native Florida vegetation.

Did you know that planting 30 Global ReLeaf trees can absorb the amount of carbon dioxide that is generated in the production of energy for the average American lifestyle each year? This eliminates thousands of toxic air pollutants so that people like Victoria can breathe better and enjoy the outdoors.

American Forrest Agencies say that trees can slow storm water runoff and reduce the need for storm sewers. The shade also helps cool buildings lowering electricity bills especially in urban environments.

As Tallahassee grows it’s becoming more industrialized, building facilities and other infrastructures in place of existing forests and wildlife. Please warn those in massive tree cutting developments of the risks that would be devastating to our natural environment. It is unfair to humans, wildlife, and our environment to make unnecessary changes to our natural land. We can make a difference by planting trees and vegetation of all sorts on our college campuses, homes, and work space.


These days our attention drifts more towards glowing screens but old fashioned ink and paper are still all around us. No place is our dependence on paper and the trees they come from more obvious than on college campuses. Ashli Doss, a journalism student at Florida A&M University, is on the paper chase to see how her school deals with paper waste.

Ashli Doss reports:

Printing papers is a way of life when you’re a college student, from term papers to lecture notes there will always be a need for printing on college campus. On the campus of Florida A&M University School officials are looking for an easier, cheaper way for students to print.

Student Government Association Vice president Breyon Love says, “There is a need for a printing conservation program at our university.” Costs associated with printing have escalated since SGA decided to provide unlimited printing for students on campus.

The funding of $25,000 started during the 2010 spring semester until money ran out. Funding lasted until students abused their printing privileges.

Last year alone, over 40 million pages were printed at the computing labs. That’s the equivalent to a whopping 150 trees. The increase in printing can be traced to a number of different sources including greater academic reliance on systems such as Blackboard.

Jene Adams who’s responsible for printing services. Says” Our goal is to improve the efficiency of our computer centers by eliminating unnecessary waste and cutting down the cost of paper and printing supplies.”

In an effort to both conserve paper and control costs, a printing conservation program will be initiated at the student computer labs run by student government. A survey taken by students and faculty will give their input based upon printing and academic needs. The student government association will then partner with the office of information technology to review the feedback and help to develop the future policy. 
The new policy will eliminate courtesy printing and students and faculty will now pay for printing to reduce waste. Savings from the new program will keep the computing fee from needlessly increasing for students. Such savings are intended to stabilize the student computer fee rather than reduce it.  
Technology instructor Robert Senior says, “Thanks to the concerted efforts of our students and faculty to conserve paper we are making great strides to help FAMU cut down on the waste generated by unnecessary printing.“ 

FAMU is here for you! Saving trees and reducing fees reporting for Planet Harmony this is Ashli Doss.