ACU recognized as Tree Campus USAPosted February 26, 2014
Abilene Christian University has been honored with Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation.
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 engaging staff and students in conservation goals. ACU 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," 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 us all."
"Last year, only nine other universities in Texas had this certification," says Scott Warren, director of ACU Landscape and Grounds. "We took many steps to achieve this recognition and we are very excited the Arbor Day Foundation is recognizing our commitment to ACU's trees."
The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested over $26 million in campus forest management last year.
About Arbor Day Foundation: Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.