Consulting Group UpdateThe SavATree Consulting Group continues to build new relationships and offer expert advice to a rapidly growing client base. Recent projects have included treating a construction-impacted sycamore at Yale University, protecting large trees during construction at Johns Hopkins University and helping to stop the spread of cankerworms on trees in Charlotte, NC. The Consulting Group also has a number of active projects including tree inventory and management using cloud-based mobile GIS for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation in New York City and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Director of The Consulting Group, Mike galvin, also authored an article entitled "The Urban Ecology Collaborative: a Decade of Learning in a Community of Interest" that appeared in the May/June 2012 issue of the Society of Municipal Arborists' City Trees magazine. His article "ANSI Part 6: the First Industry Consensus Standard for Tree Planting" appeared in the July 2012 issue of Tree Care Industry Magazine.
Early in the year, SavATree management challenged the entire staff to embrace healthy lifestyles that included regular exercise and nutritious diets. The staff has responded and continues to participate in a series of programs geared to help them lose weight, quit the use of tobacco products and more. Employees were provided with free pedometers to track their daily steps and participated in a free biometric screening to learn more about their overall health and build a plan of action that will lead to a longer, healthier life.