Clayton State University has been notified by Mary Sweeney, program manager for the Arbor Day Foundation, that the University has earned 2014 Tree Campus USA® recognition.
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.
To obtain this distinction, Clayton State University has met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
“Your entire campus community should be proud of this sustained commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Sweeney in a letter to Clayton State Tree Advisory Committee Chair Justin Brooks. “Your diligence in improving the environment and quality of life at Clayton State University contributes to a healthier, more sustainable world for us all.”
As part of its Tree Campus USA designation, Clayton State and the University’s Tree Committee will host its Third Annual Arbor Day Observance later this spring.
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. More information is available at www.arborday.org.