Child Development Center

A Dedication to the Environment

Blue Cross Blue Shield dedicates tree at Child Development Center

tree dedication

Blue Cross Blue Shield, Child Development Center, Human Resource Services, and UT System Office of Employee Benefits celebrate tree dedication.

September 26, 2006 — Representatives of Blue Cross Blue Shield joined members of The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas System communities for the formal dedication of an oak tree at the Child Development Center’s Comal Street location. The tree was donated by Blue Cross Blue Shield earlier in the year as a gesture of thanks to the university for “going paperless” with its health insurance claims.

The dedication took place at 9 a.m. in the west playground, as children played on the slide and in the grass. In the Comal playground, the tree will be at home with a number of other symbols of environmentalism the children enjoy on a daily basis. Among these environmental features are playground structure and turf elements that are made from recycled materials, and blue rain barrels children use to water the gardens.

The Comal building, which opened its doors to 200 children of university faculty, staff, and students in 2005, was designed with energy efficiency and environmentalism in mind. The structure includes: a heat recovery unit in the air conditioning system that recovers energy normally lost by a/c units, the use of local building materials to reduce shipping waste, and energy-efficient lighting with windows providing natural light in every classroom.

Environmental consciousness extends beyond the physical aspects of the Comal building into the center’s curriculum, which has units on pollution, recycling, and energy conservation.

As the $450 oak tree grows and provides shade to many children through the years, it will serve as a visual reminder of the university’s commitment to both procedural and environmental efficiency, and its dedication to the environmental education of its youngest community members.