Recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for a commitment to effective urban forest management, Georgia College recently received the 2016 Tree Campus USA® designation. Susan Daniels, assistant director of grounds, and Kristen Hitchcock, sustainability coordinator, accepted a plaque Feb. 14 at the Mayor’s Symposium on Trees and Statewide Arbor Day celebration.
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and engaging staff and students in conservation goals. GC 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 296 campuses across the U.S. with this recognition.
“Georgia College has made it a priority for years to protect and maintain our trees,” said Daniels. “We are very proud to be recognized for our efforts as a Tree Campus USA and will continue to make the care of current trees as well as planting new trees a priority.”
During the last year, nearly 4,000 trees have been planted on the campus by 100 volunteers. The bulk of the planting took place from February to April 2016 when students, organizations and departments on campus volunteered to plant trees.
This year, volunteers can set up a time to plant a tree from Feb. 19- April 29. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time for you, your organization or department to take part.
The benefits of trees are well documented and include combating climate change, cleaning the air, providing oxygen and conserving energy with their shade. For more on the benefits of trees, visit https://www.treepeople.org/resources/tree-benefits?gclid=CKfvkLqlg9ICFVh... .
The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $46.7 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.