Mount Union Recognized as 2016 Tree Campus USA

February 07, 2017

Tree Campus USAALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union was once again honored with 2016 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Mount Union achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.

“As mundane as it may seem compared to solar panels and electric cars, planting trees is one of the most powerful ways to make a personal difference for the environment,” said Jamie Griner, sustainability and campus outreach manager at Mount Union. “Trees are essential to life – they create the very air we breathe and filter air pollution. The Physical Plant Grounds Crew here at Mount Union plays a critical role in the selection, planting, and maintenance of the not only beneficial, but also beautiful trees that adorn the campus and continue to earn us the Tree Campus USA certification year after year.” 

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. 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. 

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