Arbor Day Foundation Celebrates Second Year of Tree Campus USA
Creighton University students, faculty and staff planted 60 trees on Tuesday Oct. 12 as part of the Arbor Day Foundationís Tree Campus USA programís tree-planting event.
Creighton is one of 74 colleges and universities across the country recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for its sound campus forestry practice.
The program, supported by Toyota, is in its second year, and honors college campuses for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. Since its inception two years ago, Tree Campus USA has been supported by $1.3 million in grants from Toyota.
Jessica Heller, Creighton arborist and horticulturist, says the trees will frame the view of the university as seen from the adjacent roadways and provide numerous environmental benefits, such as reducing storm water runoff.
In order to become a Tree Campus USA community, schools are required to meet five core standards of tree care and community engagement. 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 plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.
Creighton has been a Tree Campus USA university for two years. More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.