Feb 07, 2014 |
The Arbor Day Foundation has named St. Bonaventure University a Tree Campus USA for the fourth consecutive year, recognizing the university’s achievements during 2013.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.
Created in 2008, Tree Campus USA is a national program created by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
St. Bonaventure 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 for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning project.
“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 us all.”
The Arbor Day Foundation and its sponsor, Toyota, have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested over $26 million in campus forest management last year.
“I think that being recognized four years in a row represents our university’s commitment to the proper stewardship of campus properties,” said Rob Hurlburt, associate director of facilities for maintenance at the university.
“Through the collaboration of internal and external resources, our faculty, and our facilities department, Tree Campus USA participation has helped us create and enable service learning activities for St. Bonaventure students such as passport events, freshman service day activities, internships, Clare 401 assignments and Land Use subcommittee initiatives.”
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. We are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.