Arbor Day Foundation names Centre a Tree Campus USA college

Posted by Centre News in News, Sustainable Centre 17 Mar 2011

Centre College has earned Tree Campus USA recognition for 2010 from the Arbor Day Foundation for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation and is supported by a grant from Toyota.

“By encouraging its students to plant trees and participate in service that will help the environment, Centre College is making a positive impact on its community that will last for decades,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “One goal of the Tree Campus USA program is to help create healthier communities for its citizens through the planting of trees, and the city of Danville will certainly benefit from Centre College’s commitment to Tree Campus USA.”

Centre College met the five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. The standards are the following: establishment a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.

The Arbor Day Foundation launched Tree Campus USA in the fall of 2008 by planting trees at nine college campuses throughout the United States. Twenty-nine schools were named Tree Campus USA institutions in 2008, and in three years the number of schools has more than tripled.

By Abby Malik