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Tree Campus USA
The nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation has named Ohio Northern University a Tree Campus USA. This honor places ONU among the most elite environmentally conscious schools.
“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,” said Terry Keiser, director of professor of biological sciences. “This could not have been accomplished without the support of 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, 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.