Arboretum Receives Tree Campus Higher Education Honor
On February 22, the Bard Arboretum received 2020 Tree Campus Higher Education recognition. Tree Campus Higher Education, formerly known as Tree Campus USA, is an Arbor Day Foundation program that honors colleges and universities, and their leaders, for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation, believes that Tree Campuses set an example for their student bodies and surrounding communities by showcasing how trees create a healthier environment. “Because of the Bard Arboretum’s participation,” he said, “the air will be purer, water cleaner, and students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty trees provide.”
The Tree Campus Higher Education program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management, and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. The Bard Arboretum achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus Higher Education’s five standards: having a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for the campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and student service-learning projects. Bard is one of 403 campuses across the United States to receive this recognition.
The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees; Tree Campus Higher Education colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year. This work directly supports the Arbor Day Foundation’s Time for Trees initiative, an unprecedented effort to plant 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspire five million tree planters by 2022. Last year, Tree Campus Higher Education schools collectively planted 39,178 trees and engaged 81,535 tree planters—helping the Arbor Day Foundation work toward these critical goals.
More information about the program is available at treecampushighered.org.
About the Arbor Day Foundation: 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 arborday.org.