University of Mount Union Recognized as 2016 Tree Campus USA
October 16, 2017
ALLIANCE, Ohio – For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Mount Union has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a 2016 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.
“It means a lot to both our campus community and the city of Alliance to once again have the distinction of Tree Campus USA,” said Anson Gross, grounds and fleet supervisor at Mount Union. “We are a progressive and sustainable University, and although the award itself is great, to see people enjoying the trees we plant and the green spaces we have is even better.
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.”
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.