The giving trees of Ohio State
A resident of the Oval and longtime Ohio State supporter has pledged nearly $12,000 to the university: Platanus occidentalis, sycamore tree just south of Hopkins Hall, will provide in-kind donations of storm-water management, air-pollution removal, HVAC services and other benefits to be delivered over 25 years.
In all, about 14,000 donors with roots in the Columbus campus — many of them actual buckeyes — have made similar pledges totaling more than $25 million over the next quarter century.
Everyone knows trees are beautiful — try to imagine Mirror Lake Hollow or the Oval without their leafy canopies — but who knew they actually contribute to the university as lifelong donors?
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