For the sixth straight year, Illinois State University has earned the designation as a Tree Campus USA.
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 North America.
“Illinois State has embraced the intent of the Tree Campus USA program for the last six years and this is an example of the continuing efforts toward the care, preservation and protection of the trees on campus,” said Heather Wilcox, Illinois State’s tree surgeon. “We strive to share the importance of trees in and around our campus with students, faculty and the community.”
Illinois State met the five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. The standards are: establish a campus tree advisory committee, offer evidence of a campus tree-care plan, give verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan, provide involvement in an Arbor Day observance and institute a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.
“Receiving the sixth consecutive Tree Campus USA designation is a significant accomplishment for the University and one that conveys pride in this beautiful campus,” said Chuck Scott, executive director of Facilities Management. “Grounds staff are to be commended for their tireless efforts, their innovative ideas and their implementation of proper horticultural practices in achieving this national recognition.”
The Arbor Day Foundation launched Tree Campus USA in the fall of 2008 by planting trees at nine college campuses throughout the United States. More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at http://www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA .