The International Paper Pensacola Mill awarded the University of West Florida a capital grant of $20,000 from the International Paper Foundation. Funding from the grant will be used to support UWF’s Community Garden Master Plan by expanding pathway lighting throughout the garden and gazebo.
“Together, International Paper and UWF live up to our shared values of sustainability and community engagement,” said Dr. Greg Tomso, Vice President, Division of Academic Engagement and Student Affairs, Garden Director of the faculty and founder of the garden. “Through our ongoing partnership, we are building a legacy that will benefit our community for generations to come. We are very grateful for the generosity and stewardship of International Paper in the success of this project.
Bringing light to the garden at night will make the garden safe for visitors during evening events and allow the use of the garden for evening classes, community meetings, concerts and other events that require a safe environment and well lit.
“The University of West Florida continues to work to build a sustainable, health-conscious community and we appreciate the opportunity to contribute to UWF’s involvement in Pensacola,” said Scott Taylor, director of ‘International Paper Pensacola Mill.
The International Paper Foundation has supported the University of West Florida Community Garden and its edible campus initiatives with over $70,000 in grants since 2016.
With the help of International Paper, UWF staff, students and volunteers transformed the UWF campus into a hub for sustainable food production and native plant habitats and achieved key goals following:
Completion of the main vegetable growing areas at the community garden
Planting hundreds of new fruit trees and edible plants on campus
Completion of the construction and installation of the grape arbor
Installation of a new tea garden
Fill the beds several times with organic mushroom compost
Extended watering to many areas of the garden
“Investing in our community is part of the IP Way, which is about doing the right things, the right way, for the right reasons, all the time,” said Whitney Fike, communications manager at International Paper. “We are proud to support the University of West Florida as it makes a positive impact in our community through International Paper’s iconic causes for education, hunger, health and wellness.”
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