Feb 01, 2016
St. Edward’s University is now officially recognized as a Tree Campus USA. Being a Tree Campus USA means that SEU meets the 5 core standards of tree care and community engagement: establishing a Campus Tree Advisory Committee, producing a Campus Tree Care Plan, dedicating annual expenditure to campus tree care, having a yearly Arbor Day observance, and a service learning project aimed at engaging the student body.
Becoming a Tree Campus USA demonstrates SEU’s dedication to planting, protecting and maintaining our campus trees, as well as our commitment to bettering our environment. Trees can significantly reduce the amount of energy we need to generate, decrease carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and gives students and faculty a green space where we can relax and enjoy being outdoors.
Besides the environmental implications of becoming a Tree Campus USA, this designation is important for national recognition, as it validates our achievements of best tree management practices and our dedication to sustainability and our campus environment. Our Facilities staff works incredibly hard to take care of our campus trees and grounds, and this designation helps to prove that their work is vital to our university and is now recognized on a national scale.
For more information on Tree Campus USA, check out the Arbor Day Foundation website.
Kelly McNab, MSEM '17, Sustainability Graduate Assistant