FGCU Receives 40 Trees from Arbor Day Foundation Campus USA® Program
FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University was recently granted 40 trees and the Tree Campus USA® designation from the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, in celebration of the University's commitment to tree care and sustainability.
FGCU is one of four Tree Campus USA participants hosting a tree planting event during late 2011 and early 2012. The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. The program has been supported by a general grant from Toyota since its inception.
Students and volunteers from the University and Arbor Day Foundation planted the 40 trees on the Library Lawn.
"Being recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA makes me so proud,” said FGCU student Keishla Negron, whose emails and photos helped the school earn Tree Campus USA recognition. “Our school is being recognized as an integral part of a nationwide initiative, in which trees symbolize the collaborative efforts of the FGCU community to enhance urban environments and to continue our commitment to environmental sustainability.”
To earn Tree Campus USA recognition, a school must meet five core standards of tree care and community engagement: 1) Establish a campus tree advisory committee; 2) Provide evidence of a campus tree-care plan; 3) Maintain dedicated annual expenditures toward the campus tree-care plan; 4) Celebrate Arbor Day; and 5) Organize a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.
Investment in the program from local Florida Urban Forestry Council was also crucial to the award. The Council's promotion has helped to secure at least three Tree Campuses, with five additional schools now actively working toward the requirements.
More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborda.org/TreeCampusUSA. For more information on the Florida Urban Forestry Council, visit www.fufc.org.
For additional information, contact Keishla Negron at (239) 590-1370.