NDSU has received Tree Campus USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation for the ninth straight year. NDSU was one of 15 campuses to be honored in a five-state region.
“I think it’s awesome to receive this award for the ninth consecutive year. It shows our commitment to trees and the natural environment,” said Mike Ellingson, director of Facilities Management.
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment," said Matt Harris, 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 us all.”
Recognized institutions must meet five standards:
• Maintain a campus tree advisory committee
• Implement a campus tree care plan
• Have a campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures
• Hold an Arbor Day observance
• Conduct a service-learning project
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.
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