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Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema: Tree Selection

Tree Selection I was driving around my campus the last few days and I was surprised how well it looked. Cornerstone lends itself really well to spring, and for my part it doesn’t take a whole lot of actual work being done in the spring. Probably the biggest reason why the campus looks well is the abundance of flowering trees. There are Bradford pears, dogwoods, varieties...

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Leadership Series: Praiser

This is the last of a six part series on leadership by Geoff Van Berkel from Calvin College and Eco Green Supply. Read the previous installments below: Introduction Visionary Accountability Empathetic Listener Motivator Praiser One of my previous supervisors had a great tradition. On the morning of Graduation Day (the busiest and most high profile day of the year on our campus), once everything was set...

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Spring Tree Series With Mike Herrema: Cabling

Introduction This is the sixth part of the Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema from Cornerstone University. Previous articles in this series: Interview With a Groundskeeper: Mike Herrema Tree Economics Tree Nurseries Tree GIS Sharing The Joy of Pruning Cabling Last week I had a chance to have a tree cabled. Cabling is not a service I have completed much, if at all. In the end,...

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Leadership Series: Motivator

This is the fifth of a six part series on leadership by Geoff Van Berkel from Calvin College and Eco Green Supply. Read the previous installments listed below and stay tuned every Friday for more. Introduction Visionary Accountability Empathetic Listener Motivator I am writing on motivation as I sit in my truck watching my 13-year-old son’s first Little League practice of the season. It is, of...

Spring Tree Series: Sharing the Joy of Pruning

Introduction This is the fifth part of the Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema from Cornerstone University. Previous articles in this series: Interview With a Groundskeeper: Mike Herrema Tree Economics Tree Nurseries Tree GIS The Joy of Pruning One of the tasks that I really enjoy is pruning trees. I believe it really fits my work style. I love it because I can drink coffee and...

Leadership Series: Empathetic Listener

This is the fourth of a six part series on leadership by Geoff Van Berkel from Calvin College and Eco Green Supply. Read the previous installments listed below and stay tuned every Friday for more. Introduction Visionary Accountability Empathetic Listener I am convinced that for the most part people want to be known. Our society makes that a challenge. Texts, Facebook, email, and other non-personal ways...

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Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema: Tree GIS

Introduction This is the fourth part of the Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema from Cornerstone University. Previous articles in this series: Interview With a Groundskeeper: Mike Herrema Tree Economics Tree Nurseries Tree GIS Earlier this week I had a meeting about where to place surveying monuments. These points will have known data about location and elevation and will help the university with any future building...

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Leadership Series: Accountability

This is the third of a six part series on leadership by Geoff Van Berkel from Calvin College and Eco Green Supply. Read the previous installments listed below and stay tuned every Friday for more. Introduction Visionary Accountability Truthfully- how many of us like to be held accountable, in life or at work? For many years now I have involved myself in accountability relationships with other...

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Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema: Tree Nurseries

Introduction This is the third part of the Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema from Cornerstone University. Previous articles in this series: Interview With a Groundskeeper: Mike Herrema Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema: Tree Economics Tree Nurseries I believe there comes a time for almost every groundskeeper when they think that their institution should have a nursery. It seems natural and exciting. It’s obvious that...

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Leadership Series: Visionary

This is the second of a six part series on leadership by Geoff Van Berkel from Calvin College and Eco Green Supply. Read the Intro here and stay tuned every Friday for more. Visionary I have a large family. 8 kids- no joke. 5 of my 8 kids were not born into our family. They were brought in through adoption from a third world country in...

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Spring Tree Series with Mike Herrema: Tree Economics

This article is the second in a spring series on tree care. You can find the introduction interview with Mike here. Tree Economics The Challenge In the ISA catalog of Arborists, since I work for an educational institution, I’m listed as a private not for hire Arborist. Several times over the last couple of years, random property managers have called me to ask for a second...

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Leadership Series: Introduction

This six-part series begins the single most important conversation we can have on The Campus Green and within our own institutions: Leadership. I can think of no better individual to begin this conversation than Geoff Van Berkel. Geoff’s passion and drive are only overshadowed by his thoughtfulness towards his work and others. Hold on to your seats and check back in every Friday because this series...