Get back to your roots. Live oaks. Spanish moss. Nearly every street, square, park, and plaza in Savannah is peppered with them. These florae are more than just summer shady spots. Marine and environmental sciences professor Dr. Sue Ebanks says they’re Savannah icons. And they’re worth protecting.
Dr. Ebanks is a no-holds-barred, get-the-job-done kind of person. So when a partnership with nonprofit Savannah Tree Foundation sprouted, she went for it. “We have 100-year-old trees and need younger ones to help fill in the canopy once they die. This is the next generation.”
For this Savannah native and SSU alumna, the partnership was a natural fit. And her go-for-it spirit moved people to action. She – plus faculty, staff, alumni, Environmental Science Club members, and a few locals – planted more than 75 trees along the banks of campus water bodies like the marsh, canal, and retention ponds.
“When you teach people about the relationships between humans and the environment, the lightbulbs go off. They say, ‘I’ll help plant! I’ll lay mulch! I’ll water the trees!’”