Mount Union Named 2012 Tree Campus USA
April 8, 2013
ALLIANCE, Ohio — For the third consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the University of Mount Union as a 2012 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective community forestry management.
The University achieved the designation by meeting the required five core standards for sustainable campus forestry: maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
Dr. Charles McClaugherty, professor of biology, co-director of the environmental science program and director of the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center at Mount Union, has worked with the University’s Physical Plant to help Mount Union reach these standards. Several years ago, McClaugherty said, the Arbor Day Foundation began developing a program that focuses on campuses providing quality green space.
“Mount Union’s long-term commitment to a tree-rich campus has created a beautiful setting,” McClaugherty said. “It is enticing to prospective students, is a source of pride to the entire community and, most importantly, it creates a wonderful environment for teaching, learning and working.”
According to Anson Gross, Mount Union grounds and fleet supervisor, the University planted 35 trees on campus over the past year, including native and non-native species. Along with plantings, Mount Union also makes the campus more sustainable by mulching, treating for pests and diseases, doing corrective pruning and reusing plant material which otherwise would be thrown away.
“This award means a lot to the University and the City of Alliance because it shows our communities that we care about the way our campus looks and impacts the environment around us,” Gross said. “We will continue to be progressive in the care of our campus, its trees and landscapes so that everyone may enjoy and benefit from them.”
Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Tree Campus USA is supported by a generous grant from Toyota.
The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested $23 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.