|ISU named ‘Tree Campus USA’ for fourth year|
|Written by Nellie Romanowski, Reporter|
|Thursday, 07 February 2013 14:50|
For four consecutive years, ISU has earned the title “Tree Campus USA” and is celebrating all of the hard work that has been put forth in order to obtain the honor.
Faculty, staff and students are now able to recognize the work of ISU arborists to make the Quad and campus a beautiful place to be.
Tree Campus USA is a program that recognizes a variety of colleges and arborists nationwide for promoting a diverse campus forest, engaging the community in environmental stewardship and promoting environmental awareness.
The program is a part of the Arbor Day Foundation and is supported by a variety of private donors.
“Receiving this title is a huge honor for us,” Heather Wilcox, ISU arborist, said.
“As a department, we all care a lot about our commitment to urban forestry and work year-long to maintain our trees,” Wilcox said.
Each year, all 12 members of the arborist committee collaboratively work together to apply for the position and work diligently to prepare ISU for the entire application process.
“It really takes a lot of work and is a serious commitment in order
to prepare for all that is necessary to obtain the award,” Wilcox said.
The nationally-recognized status comes without a monetary award but
means more than money can buy for all 12 arborists on the team.
In order to receive the title, ISU was required to meet the five
core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive
the title of Tree Campus USA.
“We do almost all five standards anyways and hold ourselves to that
so it makes the beginning of the process attainable,” Wilcox said.
The five standards necessary are to establish a campus tree advisory
committee, offer evidence of a campus tree-care plan, give verification
of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan, provide
involvement in an Arbor Day and institute a service-learning project
aimed at engaging the student body.
Each year, ISU plans events to promote Arbor Day and raise awareness
and involvement throughout the ISU campus, which contributes to the
fourth standard that is required to be awarded.
In a press release, Mary Widhelm of the Arbor Day Foundation said,
“ISU’s entire campus community should be proud of this sustained
commitment to environmental stewardship.”
The Arbor Day Foundation launched Tree Campus USA in the fall of
2008 in its efforts of planting trees at college campuses throughout the
ISU integrates the five standards necessary to obtain Tree Campus
USA within its regular care of its trees and plans to continue its care
of trees to a high level of expectation, Wilcox said.
For more information about the Tree Campus USA program, visit its website at www.arborday.org/treecampususa.