On the eve of the Alpha Kappa Alpha biennial convention in Charlotte, dozens of the sorority’s leaders and members gathered on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University Friday to plant 35 trees.

The project was funded by Toyota and the Arbor Day Foundation.

Alpha Kappa Alpha International President Carolyn House Stewart led the Sorority’s board of directors in the tree-planting.

“Alpha Kappa Alpha is delighted to collaborate with the Arbor Day Foundation in planting trees at Johnson C. Smith University,” she said in a statements. “This partnership, which was sealed in 2012, underscores the sorority’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.

The JCSU campus is home to a community garden and aquaponic system that produces fresh tilapia and vegetables for resale and donation to area food banks. The university also plans to house a Center for Renewable Energy in the new Science Center slated for completion in 2015.

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