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Creighton Named Tree Campus USA University

Creighton Named Tree Campus USA University

The Arbor Day Foundation has named Creighton University a “Tree Campus USA University” for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

Tree Campus USA, a new national program launched 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 in environmental stewardship.

“The aesthetic beauty and practical design of our surroundings are critical components of the University’s award-winning master plan, so I am indeed pleased that Creighton’s efforts have been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation,” said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., University president. “Creighton is committed to being a good environmental steward as well as to creating a pleasant and stimulating environment for our community.”

To receive Tree Campus USA status, Creighton had to meet five core standards of tree care and community engagement. Those standards include: establishment of 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 creation of a service-learning project aimed at engaging students.

Creighton is the third college or university in Nebraska, and the 19th nationally, to be named a Tree Campus USA University. The Arbor Day Foundation launched Tree Campus USA in fall 2008 by planting trees on nine college campuses throughout the United States.

More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA