2013.02.06 > For Immediate Release
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UNO Named Tree Campus USA for Third Time
Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has earned its third-straight designation as a Tree Campus USA from the national Arbor Day Foundation.
UNO 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 toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.
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.
“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.”
Sustainability and environmental friendliness is one of UNO’s core objectives as a university. In addition to its designation as a Tree Campus USA, UNO participates in the B-Cycle bike-share program, a free bus-pass program, and service-learning beautification projects like Three Days of Service and Seven Days of Service.
“It is an honor for UNO to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA campus,” said Patrick Wheeler, senior environmental health and safety specialist at UNO. “It is testament to the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our Advisory Committee and reflects UNO's commitment to improving the beauty and sustainability of our campus and our community.”
In 2011, UNO’s Student Government planted a gingko tree just west of Arts and Sciences Hall to honor the designation.
The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested $23 million in campus forest management last year.
More information about UNO’s sustainability efforts can be found at unomaha.edu/green.
More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
About the Arbor Day Foundation
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. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org, or by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter or our blog.
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $600 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S. For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit toyota.com/philanthropy.
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