ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION NAMES HENNEPIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE A TREE CAMPUS USA COLLEGE
For its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, Hennepin Technical College has earned Tree Campus USA recognition for 2010 from the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation. This is the first year that HTC has been named a Tree Campus USA.
HTC is the first college or university in Minnesota to earn Tree Campus USA status.
To celebrate this recognition, HTC hosted a community tree-planting and celebration event on May 11, 2011 at the Brooklyn Park campus. During the celebration, over 50 trees donated by the Arbor Day Foundation were planted by students, faculty, staff, industry partners, and community volunteers.
Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation and is supported by a grant from Toyota.
“By encouraging its students to plant trees and participate in service that will help the environment, Hennepin Technical College is making a positive impact on its community that will last for decades,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.“ One goal of the Tree Campus USA program is to help create healthier communities for its citizens through the planting of trees, and the city of Brooklyn Park will certainly benefit from Hennepin Technical College’s commitment to Tree Campus USA.”
In order to receive Tree Campus USA status, HTC met the five core standards of tree care and community engagement, which are: establish 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 the fall of 2008 by planting trees at nine college campuses throughout the United States. Twenty-nine schools were named a Tree Campus USA in 2008, and in three years the number of schools has more than tripled.
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