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Ohio Northern University named Tree Campus USA for sixth year

May 3, 2016

Ohio Northern University has been named a Tree Campus USA by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation for the sixth time. This honor places ONU among the most elite environmentally conscious schools.

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America Inc., honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

To obtain this recognition, Ohio Northern University has met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.

Terry Keiser, director of the ONU Nature Center and director of sustainability, said, “It recognizes the efforts and support of the presidents, beginning with DeBow Freed and continuing to this day in the beatification and importance of trees on our campus.”

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