Creighton University has been named a Tree Campus USA for a fifth consecutive year. The Tree Campus USA program, supported by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America, recognizes colleges and universities across America for excellent campus forestry practices and conservation efforts.
In order to become a Tree Campus USA community, Creighton had to meet five core standards. These standards include maintaining a tree advisory committee, implementing a campus tree-care plan, having dedicated annual funding for campus trees, holding an Arbor Day observance and sponsoring student service-learning projects.
The national program was launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation. It honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Tree Campus USA is supported by a grant from Toyota.
“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for all of us.”
The Tree Campus USA program has facilitated the planting of over 30,000 trees on campuses nationwide. More information about the program can be found at www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa.