Mount Union Recognized as 2015 Tree Campus USA
June 13, 2016
ALLIANCE, Ohio – For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Mount Union has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a 2015 Tree Campus USA for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
In order to obtain this recognition, the University had to meet five standards of conservation. These standards include maintaining a tree advisory committee, developing a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures to its campus tree program, holding an Arbor Day observance and promoting a student learning service project.
“Mount Union earning this award for the sixth year places us in a small, elite group of campuses in our region that are taking the time and effort to make our campus communities a better place to teach, learn and work,” said Mike Greiner, property manager at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center.
According to the Tree Campus USA website, Mount Union earned this recognition because the university “effectively manages campus trees, develops connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests and strives to engage the student population in utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus, and community, forestry efforts.”
“Mount Union is very proud to be recognized for the sixth year as a Tree Campus USA,” said Jamie Greiner, sustainability and campus outreach manager. “This type of recognition is only accomplished through the hard work of our dedicated physical plant employees who spend countless hours planting and caring for our diverse trees on campus. These trees are a constant reminder of Mount Union’s strong commitment to sustainability.”
After its founding in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters and valued partners. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation.