January 27, 2023
  • 12:08 pm Fall Convocation 2022: “The State of this University is Strong”
  • 9:37 pm Ogrin Brings the Thunder in Toros 12-3 rout; team plays for playoff championship tomorrow
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 10:09 am Harry’s House: The Home We All Deserve
  • 11:14 am Once a Toro, Always a Toro Program Seeks to Break Barriers in Reenrollment 
  • 11:10 am How A Toro Studied 6,000 Miles From Home 
  • 11:01 am What Prop 31 Means for Tobacco and Vape Businesses
  • 10:57 am One-on-One with President Parham

Joshua Baragan taught CSUDH students how to plant trees at a tree-planting party hosted by the Office of Sustainability. Photo by Kimberly Resendiz

By Kimberly Resendiz, Staff Reporter

The common answer to why planting trees is important is to help improve climate change. Arbor Day Foundation explains, “Trees help remove carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in the trees and soil, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Trees provide many benefits to us, every day.”

Joshua Baragan, a farm intern at the Sustainability Center at California State University, Dominguez Hills, agrees but he believes students are also benefiting in more ways than one.

“I’m planting trees if not for myself then for the people that come after me. That is the whole ideology of the farm. We are growing food for the students by the students,” Baragan said.

The Office of Sustainability hosted a tree-planting party event last month, where students were taught the tree-planting process. This was all in honor of Arbor Day, a national celebration founded in 1984 to recognize trees and the ecosystem services they provide.

At CSUDH, students participated to not only honor Arbor Day but also celebrate the upcoming graduating class of 2023.  

Ellie Perry, a sustainability manager at CSUDH, explained there are a variety of reasons why they plant trees. One of them is that the Sustainability Center is part of Tree Campus USA, a program that is part of the Arbor Day Foundation. It allows colleges and universities to achieve national recognition for their commitment to maintaining urban forest management. 

“We have a certification to recognize our best practice management over our campus trees. So as part of that, we regularly plant new trees,” Perry said.  

Being involved with Tree Campus USA means obligations need to be met. Celebrating Arbor Day is one of them and so far 411 campuses have received recognition including the University of California, Irvine and CSU Channel Islands. 

Green Graduation Pledges offered by the Sustainability Center are another way to ensure more trees are planted on campus. Students graduating within the next five years can pledge to take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job, and strive to improve aspects of their work environment and daily life post-graduation. 

Perry continued, saying that depending on the number of students who pledge in the graduating year’s class, CSUDH’s Facilities Services will donate $1 per pledge to help fund more tree planting on campus.

“Trees are always being planted at the Campus Urban Farm but this is a formal event where we show people and allow them to observe the process,” Perry said.

The avocado, pomegranate and fig trees planted during the ceremony are meant to provide a sense of comfort and symbolize new experiences for the community. Avocado trees represent growth and prosperity, pomegranate trees stand for friendship and fig trees symbolize abundance and strength. 

Campus Urban Farm is located on Pacific View Drive near Lot 7 and is open to staff and volunteers Monday through Friday throughout the semester. ​​Visitors may schedule a formal visit by contacting dhurbanfarm@gmail.com directly with their availability to ensure a volunteer will be on-site.

Baragan said, “[The food] is all for the students, all for free. So if we are here and they want to pick a lime all they have to do is ask. We are not selling it to them. It is planted by them for them.”


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