Walsh University was honored with a 2018 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This national program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests.
The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Walsh University achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.
“Walsh’s new Tree Advisory Committee hosted our first Arbor Day Celebration in October. The committee is made up of faculty, facilities staff, students and community members,” said event organizer and Professor of Biology Jennifer Clevinger, Ph.D. “We have written a Campus Tree Care Plan, and we promote conservation service projects which are also core standards for Tree Campus USA status.”
Currently there are 364 campuses across the United States with this recognition.
“Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Because of your school’s participation, air will be purer, water cleaner and your students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.”
The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.