ONU Named 2009 Tree Campus USA University by Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation has honored Ohio Northern University as a 2009 Tree Campus USA university for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.
Ohio Northern is the second institution in Ohio to be named a Tree Campus USA campus or university and among a handful in the nation, joining such institutions as Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.
"The Tree Campus USA program will have a long-lasting impact at Ohio Northern as it engages college students and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for decades to come," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Ohio Northern will benefit from exceptional tree-care practices on campus as it works with tree-care professionals in the community to improve the tree canopy in Ada."
Terry Keiser, professor of biological sciences, said, "Over the years, we have had the foresight to plant more than 100 species of trees on our campus to use both academically and for their aesthetics. This could not have been accomplished without the support of the several administrations. I remember when we were essentially just bare fields. Look at the natural beauty now! I am proud to have been a part of this."
Tree Campus USA honors college and universities and the leaders of the campus and surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is supported by a grant from Toyota.
Ohio Northern met the five required core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. Those standards are establishing a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.
The Arbor Day Foundation launched Tree Campus USA in fall 2008 by planting trees at nine college campuses throughout the United States. More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA