Second Annual Arbor Day Celebration, April 25
The Arbor Day Foundation has honored Clayton State University with 2013 Tree Campus USA® recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Clayton State 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.
“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” says John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Nebraska City, Neb.-based 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 us all.”
As part of its Tree Campus USA designation, Clayton State and the University’s Tree Committee are hosting its Second Annual Arbor Day Observance on Friday, Apr. 25, at 10:30 a.m., featuring a representative of the Georgia Forestry Commission who will present Clayton State with its Tree Campus USA plaque.
The comprehensive public Arbor Day ceremony will also include a tree planting at the James M. Baker University Center and the Clayton State Tree Committee will be giving away tree seedlings at the ceremony. Also included on the day will be guided tours of the “Plants of the Piedmont” trail, located behind Spivey Hall, the Music Education Building and the Harry S. Downs Center. Following the ceremony, there will be trees planted at various locations throughout the campus.
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