IUPUC Honored with 2019 Tree Campus USA Recognition

March 3, 2020
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IUPUC has been honored with 2019 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

“Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities by showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Because of IUPUC's participation, air will be purer, water cleaner and its students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.”

The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. IUPUC achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. Currently there are 385 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

“We are extremely proud to be honored with the Tree Campus USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation,” said Naomi Cohenour, Executive Director, Office of Administration and Finance at IUPUC. “I think it’s wonderful that because of the efforts of the Facilities staff and the Sustainability Committee, IUPUC is able to participate in this awesome opportunity to help create a healthier environment and also be recognized as a Tree Campus.”

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year. This work directly supports the Arbor Day Foundation’s Time for Trees initiative — an unprecedented effort to plant 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspire 5 million tree planters by 2022. Last year, Tree Campus USA schools have collectively planted 34,515 trees and engaged 33,432 tree planters — helping us work toward these critical goals.

More information about Tree Campus program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA. Learn more about IUPUC’s Office of Sustainability at iupuc.edu/about/sustainability.