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Kent State Receives Tree Campus USA Recognition for Seventh Consecutive Year

Kent State Earns Recognition Seven Years in a Row

Kent State University has earned the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management for the seventh consecutive year. 

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

“Every year, we aim for the continued recognition of Tree Campus USA,” said Heather White, grounds manager of University Facilities Management at Kent State.

To obtain this distinction, Kent State had to meet five core standards required by Tree Campus USA for sustainable campus forestry: 

  • Establishment of a tree advisory committee
  • Implementation of a campus tree-care plan
  • Dedication of annual expenditures for a campus tree program
  • Observation of Arbor Day
  • The sponsorship of student service learning projects 

By annually meeting these requirements, the Kent State campus not only benefits the environment but instills pride in students, faculty and community. 

“The grounds department spends a lot of time maintaining the trees and canopy cover on campus,” White said. “It is a terrific honor and achievement to once again be recognized.”  

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. Last year, Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $29 million in campus forest management.

To learn more about Tree Campus USA, visit www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa.

For more information about University Facilities Management at Kent State, visit www.kent.edu/ufm.