UNL earns Tree Campus USA recognition

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UNL earns Tree Campus USA recognition

UNL was honored with 2015 Tree Campus USA recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This honor is given out by the Arbor Day Foundation.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln was honored with 2015 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”

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

There are 254 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

“The university is honored to again receive this honor,” said Steve Smith, UNL spokesman. “The entire campus community should be proud of its sustained commitment to environmental stewardship.”

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $36.8 million in campus forest management last year. For more information about the program click here.

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