University of Mount Union Recognized as 2014 Tree Campus USA

April 30, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Mount Union has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a 2014 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. 

“We are honored to be a Tree Campus USA recipient again this year,” said Leah Graham, sustainability and campus outreach manager at Mount Union. “Mount Union’s grounds crew and physical plant employees do an incredible job of planting and maintaining beautiful trees on campus throughout the year which provide places for students, faculty and staff to relax, learn and participate in recreational activities. We plan to continue this effort so that the Mount Union campus can continue to be a place that members of our community can be proud of.”

“To ensure that our trees remain healthy, we spend many hours watering, fertilizing, mulching, pruning and treating for pests and diseases including blight and emerald ash borer,” said Anson Gross, Mount Union grounds and fleet supervisor. “We take pride in having a beautiful, scenic campus which is enjoyed by both students and residents of Alliance year-round. We look forward to continuing to add more shade and greenery to campus in the next year.”

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 a RecycleMania competition and a food waste audit at the campus dining commons.

“Mount Union is committed long-term to a tree-rich and sustainable campus which has created a beautiful setting for the Mount Union and Alliance communities to teach, learn and work,” McClaugherty said.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation. This program was created to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for involving staff and students in conservation initiatives. This program is supported by a grant from Toyota. Together the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campus communities’ plant thousands of trees and invest in sustainable forest management. 

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