By: Stacie Sikora
“Once I started, I wanted to do it all the way.”
Recently retired Claude E. Phillips Herbarium professor Susan Yost was an integral part of Delaware State University being the first campus in Delaware to receive Tree Campus USA® distinction. Her dedication to tree care, sustainability and Tree Campus USA has made Delaware State University a successful Tree Campus since 2011.
Since becoming a Tree Campus, Susan, along with the Campus Tree Advisory Committee, has had many “big moments.”
The first year DSU received recognition the governor came to campus to be a part of the ceremony.
In November 2012, the campus established a certified arboretum.
Then the Arbor Day Foundation came to campus, along with John Ridgeway of Toyota, for a tree-planting event in 2013 and donated 25 trees.
In January 2014, the arboretum launched a website.
Most recently, a QR code has been added to all the labeled trees on campus, which pulls up the arboretum page.
While Susan may be retiring, she knows that there are many people with the passion to continue the program without her now that she has retired.
“There’s a lot of interest on campus to maintain the Tree Campus USA designation,” Susan said. “Someone will have a passion to continue.”
But Susan isn’t leaving quite so easily.
“I may come back! I feel like (the trees) are my babies, and I feel like I know them so well.”