Fall 2021

Type of Culminating Activity

Student research paper


This multidisciplinary capstone project focuses on education of the benefits of trees to incentivize the planting of trees at stakeholder homes or businesses. The approach of taking individual action to address a large-scale issue is also highlighted as a qualitative aspect of the capstone. The goal of the project is to understand the benefits of trees, plant more trees and to utilize the approach taken to address other large-scale issues in the future.

Global warming is a complex worldwide problem. The scope of the issue can be paralyzing, stymieing individual action. Tainter (2000, p 6) discusses our general aversion to complexity and states the reason behind sayings like “Keeping it simple” is universally understood. This capstone proceeds in that vein. The planting of trees at a stakeholder’s home or business provides a means to take a simple step to address a global issue on a manageable individual scale. Providing factual substantiated information about the environmental, health, and financial benefits of trees will serve as incentive to participate in the tree planting campaign.

Degree Program

Bachelor of Applied Science


Margaret Sass, J.D., Ed.D.



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