"It’s so obvious, but it eludes so many people. It costs nothing to become a Tree Campus. The process doesn’t cost a thing. It doesn’t take up too much time and it gets people to the table to talk and accomplish so many things, building those relationships. There’s no reason not to do it."
Jeremy King, Denison University’s sustainability coordinator
By: Stacie Sikora | Photo credit: James Hale
It is hard to dispute that gaining Tree Campus USA certification is a great honor for a campus’ sustainability efforts. One of the toughest parts of the certification process is figuring out how to get the ball rolling on with the right people on campus.
At Denison University in Granville, Ohio, getting Tree Campus USA certification was one of the first initiatives Jeremy King began when he started as the campus sustainability coordinator in 2009.
“Right when I first started here, I was approached by the grounds manager with the idea,” he said. “It was something he had always wanted to do but didn’t have the time.”
Jeremy was immediately interested in starting the process. His first step was to establish a Campus Tree Advisory Committee.
“It’s really important to make the committee open to anyone,” he said. “We don’t exclude anyone in the community. I send out an email a couple times a year to invite community members – just remind them they are always welcome.”
Denison University is located in Granville, Ohio. It has been a Tree Campus since 2009. The picture above is from the Winter Sustainability Magazine. Check back tomorrow to read about how Sustainability Coordinator Jeremy King made Denison a successful Tree Campus. Photo credit James Hale
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Students heading out into the rain to plant trees at Morgan State University.
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On Saturday, April 12, Rhodes will host its first annual Arbor Day outreach event and celebrate its Tree Campus USA designation awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 10 a.m. in Oak Alley on campus.
Students of Prof. Kimberly Kasper’s ecological anthropology class have organized activities including a tour of the campus’ Level IV Certified Arboretum and a hands-on project across the street from campus in Overton Park’s old growth forest. The goal of the interactive event is to inspire participants to learn more about urban forestry’s environmental, economic, and social benefits and encourage Memphians to foster a more sustainable community.
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Lone Star College - Montgomery receiving their 2013 Tree Campus USA Recognition.
LSC-Montgomery received its Tree Campus USA plaque from John Warner, urban district forester with Texas A&M Forest Service, during the recent Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo held on the college campus. More than 5,000 people attended the annual event.
"It’s a great honor to receive this award," said Dr. Austin Lane, president of LSC-Montgomery. "I’m very proud of our facilities personnel, all of whom take great care to make our campus look so beautiful while preserving our trees. I like to refer to our campus as the ‘paradise behind the pines,’ and this recognition affirms that description."
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Students posing after an afternoon of hard work during our 2012 Texas Southern University tree planting event.
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