Mount Union Named 2013 Tree Campus USA
February 14, 2014
ALLIANCE, Ohio — For the fourth consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the University of Mount Union as a 2013 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest 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.
“We are honored to be a Tree Campus USA recipient again this year,” said Leah Graham, sustainability and campus outreach manager at Mount Union. “The grounds crew and physical plant do an incredible job. Our trees add to the beauty of our campus and provide places to relax, study and learn. Our green space is appreciated by the entire campus and community from art classes sketching outside to alumni reminiscing on campus. Mount Union is proud to continue to manage our green space and tree diversity on campus for future students to enjoy.”
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 standards for effective urban forest management and sustainable practices on campus. Recent sustainability-focused projects include Game Day Challenge, an event that educated fans at a football game about recycling and waste reduction; a RecycleMania competition and a food waste audit at the campus dining commons.
“Mount Union’s long-term commitment to a tree-rich and sustainable 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 33 trees on campus over the past year, including native and non-native species. The University also transplanted 19 trees, mainly from project sites at the new performing arts center and Gallaher Hall.
“To ensure that our trees remain healthy, we spend a lot of hours watering, fertilizing, mulching properly, pruning and treating for pests and diseases including blight and emerald ash borer,” Gross said. “We take a lot of pride in the way our campus looks and the fact that it is enjoyed by students and residents of the Alliance area alike. We look forward to adding more shade, greenery and cleaner air next year.”
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.
For more information about the Tree Campus USA program, see arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.