The Arbor Day Foundation has honored Berry College with the 2013 Tree Campus USA® recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Berry achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.
Arbor Day in Georgia is Feb. 21.
Eddie Elsberry, Berry’s director of agriculture operations, environmental compliance and sustainability, said the Tree Campus USA designation is a testament of Berry's commitment to sustaining the natural beauty of the campus.
“A comprehensive tree management plan has been put together by Berry College that outlays tree health, tree planting and an overall canopy management plan for the campus,” Elsberry said. “With more than 27,000 acres of natural beauty, wildlife and flora it only makes sense that Berry would hold such a distinctive honor as Tree Campus USA.”
John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation said students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment.
“Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all,” Rosenow said.
Latrondra Newton, chief corporate social responsibility officer for Toyota Motor North America, Inc., said Toyota is proud to support a program that has a great impact on both reducing the environmental footprint of a college campus and inspires college students to become conservation leaders.
The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $26 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.