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Penn Named a Tree Campus USA for 4th Year in a Row

April 26, 2013

The University of Pennsylvania is a Tree Campus USA for the fourth year in row, a designation awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Toyota helped launch the program and continues its financial support.

“Penn’s Creating Canopy tree giveaway is one of the initiatives that helps us earn the Tree Campus USA designation,” said Bob Lundgren, University Landscape Architect. “2013 will be our third year of offering yard trees at no cost to staff and faculty at the University who live in the city of Philadelphia.”

Penn achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which are met by these initiatives, among others, on campus:

  • A Campus Tree Advisory Committee comprised of members representing the diverse audience of those with a stake in campus trees is established and meets regularly. This committee includes students, faculty, facility management and members of the community.
  • A Campus Tree Care Plan has been produced with guidelines forcampus development planning and sustainability efforts.
  • Finances and personnel resources have been allocated for an annual work plan for tree planting, initial care, and ongoing management.
  • Penn’s Class of 2013 has selected a Chestnut Oak to be planted on College Green as its Class Tree.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.

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