2012.03.02 > For Immediate Release
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UNO Honored by Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA Campus for Second Year
Omaha - As a result of UNO’s commitment to effective forestry management, the Arbor Day Foundation has named UNO a “Tree Campus USA” for 2011. This is the second year UNO has received the honor.
UNO achieved the designation by meeting the required five core standards for sustainable campus forestry: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
“Students throughout the country are passionate about sustainability and community improvement, which makes Omaha’s emphasis on well-maintained and healthy trees so important,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “By achieving Tree Campus USA recognition, the University of Nebraska at Omaha will continue to set an example for other colleges and universities and give students a chance to give back to both their campus community and the community at-large.”
“I am excited UNO has been named a Tree Campus USA campus for a second year,” Student Government Speaker Kyle Schulze said. “Student Government has partnered with Landscape Services to plant a tree in recognition of Arbor Day for many years. Landscape Services does an outstanding job maintaining the beauty of the UNO campus and this award is well deserved.”
Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Tree Campus USA is supported by a generous grant from Toyota.
During 2011, the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota helped campuses throughout the country plant 30,000 trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities have invested more than $22 million in campus forest management.
More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
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