Furman Receives Arbor Day Foundation 'Tree Campus USA University' Honor

February 10, 2009

Furman is the state’s first college or university to receive this distinction

GREENVILLE, SC – Februsry 10, 2009 – Furman University has been named a Tree Campus USA University by the Arbor Day Foundation.Citing Furman’s campus forestry management and stewardship of the environment, the foundation said Furman is the first college or university in the state to receive the designation.

Furman met five requirements to receive the designation. The school established a campus tree advisory committee, put together a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for tree care, became involved in an Arbor Day observance and started a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.

The Tree Campus USA program will have a lasting impact at Furman University and throughout the country because it will engage students and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for generations to come, said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.
Furman will benefit from better tree-care practices on campus, and it will help connect the university with tree-care professionals in the community to improve the tree canopy in Greenville, he said.

Tree Campus USA was launched by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2008. The program honors colleges and universities and the leaders of the campus and surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and for engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is supported by a $750,000 grant from Toyota.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of nearly one million members. Its mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

For more information, visit  www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA