The College of Central Florida has earned Tree Campus USA recognition for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. This is the seventh year that CF has been recognized.
Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges, universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation.
CF met the five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive 2015 Tree Campus USA status. The standards are establishing a campus tree advisory committee; providing a campus tree-care plan; dedicating annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; participating in an Arbor Day observance; and instituting a service-learning project to engage students.
“The Arbor Day foundation requires we have a tree care plan,” said Stephen MacKenzie, CF senior professor of Environmental Sciences. “We also report on the service activities we do with trees to qualify for tree campus. This year one of the activities was helping with the Stickwork Project at the Appleton Museum of Art.”
The Arbor Day Foundation launched Tree Campus USA in fall 2008 and continues to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and engaging students and staff in conservation goals.