UNCG Campus Weekly

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Giving Those Trees a Hug

030310Feature1_TreeCampusOur university loves our trees. So does the Arbor Day Foundation.

It honored UNCG as a 2009 Tree Campus USA University for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

UNCG is the fourth college or university in North Carolina to receive this distinction – and the first in the UNC system.

“Our UNCG Peabody Park Preservation Committee is delighted,” said Elizabeth Lacey, committee chair. One of the committee’s recent projects was planting trees along the eastern edge of Peabody Park, near the McIver Parking deck. “The award honors all the students, faculty and staff who have volunteered their time to help maintain a beautiful and diverse environment on campus.”

Chancellor Linda P. Brady noted that it was a  “great honor” for UNCG to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA University. “We are grateful to the many faculty, students and staff that have worked through the years in the planning, design, maintenance and management of the university’s grounds and forest resources and in engaging our community in our conservation efforts,” she said. “UNCG’s environmental commitment and leadership are acknowledged in being the first institution in the University of North Carolina System to receive this recognition.”

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors college and universities and the leaders of the campus and surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.

“The Tree Campus USA program will have a long-lasting impact at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as it engages college students and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for decades to come,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The university will benefit from exceptional tree-care practices on campus as it works with tree-care professionals in the community to improve the tree canopy in Greensboro.”

UNCG met the required five standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. Those standards are establishing a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.

“The staff of the Facilities Grounds department takes tremendous pride in the care of the landscape and trees so that future generations will be able to enjoy the beauty of the campus as much as the current campus community does,” said Chris Fay (Grounds).

More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.