Lahore University of Management Sciences

SarSubz LUMS Initiates Neem Tree Plantation on Campus

April 04, 2012

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As part of the SarSubz LUMS Initiative, a campus wide tree plantation programme has been undertaken to plant new Neem trees along the boundaries of the campus. The tree plantation was launched with the planting of the first trees by Dr. Adil Najam, Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and Mr. Amir Khan, head of General Administration at LUMS. The initial set of trees planted across campus were donated by Dr. Adil Najam and Mr. Amer Khan as a contribution to the campus environment and a greener and more sustainable LUMS.

Neem trees were selected for this programme because Neem is a traditional and indigenous tree of this region. Neem is a fast-growing and evergreen tree that can reach a height of 15–20 metres (49–66 ft). It is also renowned for its many medicinal properties (seeds, leaves, flowers and bark) and much research has recently gone into explaining and expanding on these uses - including by Pakistani scientists. Neem is also known for its drought resistance properties and as an ecologically robust plant. Neem is one of the few shade-giving trees that thrive in the drought-prone areas. More recently, there has also been discussion of its use as a mosquito repellant plant, especially in light of recent Dengue concerns (see information on the LUMS Dengue prevention programme here).

The SarSubz LUMS Initiative was launched recently to promote sustainable practices on campus including energy efficiency, waste reduction, improved recycling, reduced water use and more. It will also promote awareness and research activities with environment and sustainability themes around the LUMS campus and encourage greater community activity in these areas. The SarSubz LUMS Initiative will also serve as a platform for tracking and reporting on key environmental use indicators at and around LUMS.

The Sarsubz LUMS Initiative is a campus-wide campaign working closely with students, staff, faculty and administration officials to create a cleaner, greener and more sustainable LUMS. Input and ideas from the entire LUMS community are welcomed in this regard and can be sent to SarSubz@lums.edu.pk.