As American University gears up for our annual Campus Beautification Day on Tuesday, April 17, be sure to volunteer for the planned activities and vote in Arborday.org’s Tree Campus USA® contest before Friday, April 4. By voting, you will help AU in its competition with other universities to win $1,000 towards engaging volunteers in an Arbor Day celebration or service learning projects on campus this spring. AU is in third place currently, so your votes could make the difference to help us win.
“A win in the Tree Campus USA contest would be especially satisfying this year since, for the third year in a row, American University’s been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation,” said Mark Feist, Assistant Director of Facilities Management.
The Tree Campus USA recognition is in honor of AU’s commitment to effective community forestry management. To qualify for the distinction, AU met five core standards for sustainable campus forestry: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
“Students throughout the country are passionate about sustainability and community improvement, which makes the emphasis on well-maintained and healthy trees so important,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Achieving Tree Campus USA recognition sets an example for other colleges and universities and allows students a chance to give back to both their campus community and the community at-large.”
Tree Campus USA is a national program launched by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2008. It honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at www.arborday.org.