Kent State met the required five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. Those standards are establishing 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.
"This is a wonderful honor for the university," said Heather White, Kent State’s manager of campus environment and operations. “This accomplishment - for the second consecutive year - shows Kent State’s dedication to environmental stewardship on campus.”
Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors college and universities and the leaders of the campus and surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. During the first year of the program, Kent State was one of 29 schools to receive the initial designation.
“I’m grateful for the honor of receiving the Tree Campus USA award for a second consecutive year,” Kent State President Lester A. Lefton said. “This honor underscores our continuing commitment to creating a sustainable environment in the classroom and in practice.”
“The Tree Campus USA program will have a long-lasting impact at Kent State as it engages college students and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for decades to come,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The university will benefit from exceptional tree-care practices on campus as it works with tree-care professionals in the community to improve the tree canopy in Kent.”
The Arbor Day Foundation launched Tree Campus USA in the fall of 2008 by planting trees at nine college campuses throughout the United States. For more information about the Tree Campus USA program, contact Mark Derowitsch at email@example.com or 888-448-7337. Information is also available online at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at www.arborday.org.