Arbor Day Foundation names ISU a Tree Campus USA

February 20, 2009

The Arbor Day Foundation has honored Indiana State University with a Tree Campus USA designation for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

Indiana State is one of only two universities in Indiana and only 29 colleges and universities nationwide to achieve the Tree Campus USA designation.

"The Tree Campus USA program will have a lasting impact at Indiana State and throughout the country because it will engage students and local residents to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for generations to come," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Indiana State will benefit from better tree-care practices on campus, and it will help connect the university with tree-care professionals in their community to improve the tree canopy in Terre Haute."

Modeled after the foundation's popular Tree City USA program, Tree Campus USA honors college and universities and the leaders of the campus and surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is supported by a $750,000 grant from Toyota.

"Our campus has come a long way from the concrete jungle it once was. We're excited to be one of the first university campuses in the country to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA," said Kevin Runion, associate vice president for facilities management. "Many parents and other visitors who haven't been to our campus for some time are surprised by the transformation brought about by the addition of trees."

In recent decades the university has closed much of the campus to vehicles and planted more than 3,000 trees, creating park-like settings on its campus adjacent to downtown Terre Haute. ISU has planted tree farms on university properties to produce locally-grown trees rather than add to the carbon footprint by transporting new and replacement trees from out of state, according to Runion.

Indiana State met five core standards of tree care and community engagement to receive Tree Campus USA status. Those standards are: establishing a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.

ISU will formally recognize its new Tree Campus USA status with a plaque presentation ceremony on Arbor Day, April 24, when area K-12 students will be invited to the university to view specimen trees on the campus quad.

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.

Photos
The quad at Indiana State University is among many park-like settings on the campus, located adjacent to downtown Terre Haute. (ISU/Kara Berchem)
Tree canopies like this shade many sidewalks on the Indiana State University campus. (ISU/Kara Berchem)

Contacts: Stephanie Krull, grounds superintendent, Division of Facilities Management, Indiana State University, 812-237-8160 or skrull@isugw.indstate.edu; Mark Derowitsch, Arbor Day Foundation, 888-448-7337 or mderowitsch@arborday.org

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The Arbor Day Foundation has honored Indiana State University with a Tree Campus USA designation for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. Indiana State is one of only two universities in Indiana and only 29 colleges and universities nationwide to achieve the Tree Campus USA designation

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