The UTRGV Office of Sustainability Arbor Day celebration will resume next week on both the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses, after inclement weather in early November delayed some of the planned events.

Events have been reset for Dec. 5 and Dec. 6, and will begin with an exhibitor fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both campuses, where students and guests can meet with community organizations and student club members who will speak about the benefits of trees and provide information on Arbor Day.

From 2-3 p.m., there will be a Tree Ceremony, in which two trees will be planted on each campus, and city officials from Edinburg, McAllen and Brownsville will present proclamations committing their respective cities to being more sustainable and tree-friendly.

The Brownsville trees will be planted on the Main Lawn, and the Edinburg trees will be planted on the Chapel Lawn.

The City of Edinburg is donating the trees for the Edinburg campus. The City of Brownsville and the Brownsville Public Utilities Board each will donate a tree for the Brownsville Campus.

“Trees are really important for everyone,” said Devon Hernandez, program coordinator for the university’s Office of Sustainability. “They provide us with oxygen and lumber. And a beautiful park or space filled with trees can help build better communities. When we plant trees, we benefit our environment and our community. Arbor Day is a time for people to come together and celebrate trees.”

This is the second year that the university has been a part of Tree Campus USA, a program that helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests.

For more information, contact Hernandez at (956) 882-7349 or send email to