Students, Volunteers, Plant 50 Trees on Campus
Irvine, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2010) - The University of California, Irvine today helped the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota celebrate the positive impact Tree Campus USA is having on college campuses across the United States. As a way to commemorate the program's success, the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota teamed up with students and volunteers to plant trees on the school's campus.
In the second year of the program, Tree Campus USA has more than doubled as 74 colleges and universities across the United States earned recognition, including UC Irvine. The Arbor Day Foundation began Tree Campus USA with support from Toyota to recognize colleges and universities that practice sound campus forestry.
The aim of the program is to honor college campuses for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. Since its inception, Tree Campus USA has been supported by $1.3 million in grants from Toyota.
To celebrate the program's success and reach in just two short years, the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota are holding tree-planting events on six college campuses this fall. In addition to UC Irvine, Tree Campus USA tree-planting events will also be held at Bowling Green State University; Creighton University; The Georgia Institute of Technology; Florida International University; and Furman University.
During the event, students and volunteers at UC Irvine planted 75 trees in Aldrich Park, which is located in the center of campus. Aldrich Park is a 19-acre botanical garden and arboretum that is heavily used by the campus community. The park provides a respite for students and faculty, attracts wildlife and helps with the heat island effect in the city campus. The trees planted in the park will add to the species diversity in this urban forest.
"In our view, there's no better way to celebrate the achievements of Tree Campus USA than to plant trees with students on beautiful college campuses like the University of California, Irvine," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. "By encouraging students to get involved with conservation efforts on campus, UC Irvine is helping the next generation of tree planters see firsthand that a landscape can be transformed and a community improved by the simple act of giving back to the earth."
In order to become a Tree Campus USA community, schools are required to meet five core standards of tree care and community engagement. Those standards are: establishing a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.
UC Irvine was recently named a Tree Campus USA university for 2010.
More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.