The Arbor Day Foundation has named Illinois College a 2011 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective community forestry management. This is the third year in a row that Illinois College has received this national recognition.
Illinois College achieved the designation by meeting the required 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, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Tree Campus USA is supported by a generous grant from Toyota.
Illinois College President Axel Steuer stated, “The College takes great pride in its beautiful campus and in its partnership with Starhill Forest Arboretum. We are grateful that the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have recognized Illinois College for its commitment to enhancing the beauty of our community, while improving our natural environment, through planting and nurturing a large variety of trees.”
During 2011, the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota helped campuses throughout the country plant 30,000 trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities have invested more than $22 million in campus forest management. More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA