Clay’s Green Corner

Hey Earth-buds. The Green Corner was invaded by Gremlins last week (no, not the car. Again, ask your parents) and the MOST WONDERFUL BLOG POST THERE EVER WAS was lost in cyberspace. let’s just say, The Green Corner could have changed her name to the Red Corner. Not a happy camper. Well, we hope the cyber curse has been lifted this Friday the 13th. It better be or I’ll be blogging from Attica.

A couple items of bragging then you can run off and enjoy your weekend and I do hope the sun is shining and it is warm and wonderful wherever you are. I’m incredibly pleased to say that the University of Rochester placed second in the Arbor Day Foundation‘s Tree Campuses USA contest. Our colleagues at Virginia Tech placed first; but only by 488 votes (over 53,000 votes were cast). Joining VT and UR are the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and American University. Each of the schools will receive $1000 and other promotional materials for a tree planting event. Congrats to all and a huge shout-out to the Arbor Day folks for all their hard work.

Speaking of hard work (which I attempt to avoid at all costs), I usually don’t get the opportunity to sing the praises of our Parking department. This dedicated group of staff are faced every single day with preventing chaos by making sure people can navigte our vast medical center (URMC), our River Campus, plus coordinate special events, provide directions and comfort to those upset and in need (Strong Memorial hospital is busy, busy, bust 24/7/365). There hard work often goes unnoticed. I appreciate their efforts and so do many others. Parking is also involved in promoting a more sustainable planet. In two weeks (April 24) the Parking department is hosting a breakfast mixer for some of our local employees. The purpose is a meet and greet so car pools can be discussed, the relative comfort of riding a bike to work, taking a bus, and getting a ride home in the event of an emergency. We are so addicted to our autos (guilty, right here) and we don’t realize that while being an urban campus presents many challenges, it also presents opportunities since we are fairly close to one another. If you live in the Corn Hill, Genesse, or Plmouth neighborhoods, please join us on April 24 at Whipple Auditorium (room 2-6424) at 9AM for a grand info session. A hearty hat tip to Parking and their efforts at easing congestion.

Have a great week, all. And let’s hope the Gremlins don’t visit for a long time.

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