TROY - Troy University has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
An official recognition will be held at 1:30 p.m. on March 5 as a part of the University's Arbor Day observance. A representative from the Alabama Forestry Commission will present University officials with a flag and Tree Campus USA plaque. A free tree give-away, featuring Japanese maple and oak seedlings will also be held as a part of the observance.
The Tree Campus USA program was launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
"This recognition is the result of the input and committed effort of many people at Troy University, led by our Chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.," said Mark Salmon, Director of the University's Physical Plant. "A tremendous amount of attention and care has been given to maintaining the trees we have on campus and creating an environment where existing trees can flourish. In many ways, Janice Hawkins Park has been a proving ground for how we nurture and maintain an inter-city forested area."
To obtain the distinction, TROY 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 the campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
"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."
Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. To date, Toyota has contributed $700 million to nonprofits in the U.S.