By Evan Lybrand
For Clemson University News Release
CLEMSON – Clemson University has been named a Tree Campus USA for a third consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota.
Initiated in 2008, Tree Campus USA is a program that awards colleges and universities for campus forest management and involving students and faculty in conservation efforts. Clemson was awarded this honor for meeting the five standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation – maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree care plan, dedicated annual expenditures towards trees, and Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.
“For Clemson, the award validates the university’s commitment to its urban forest,” said Bill Carson, horticultural manager for Clemson University.
“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for all of us.”
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. For more information about the Tree Campus USA program, visit http://www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa/.