New How-To Guide for Sustainable Landscapes on College Campuses

When the topic of sustainability comes up on college and university campuses, the conversation often shifts to the indoors, such as, recycling or energy
Tree Campus USA conservation.  However, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) took another big step in acknowledging the importance of the outdoors in a campus sustainability plan by releasing the How-To Guide, “Promoting Sustainable Campus Landscapes.”

The publication, created in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, is intended for a diverse audience including students, grounds and landscape staff, campus landscape architects, campus facilities management, sustainability officers, and campus environmental or sustainability committees. This audience includes both non-technical and technical individuals – anyone on campus interested in developing and delivering landscape programs to the public and who might stand to benefit from guidance on communications, events, and engaging others.

“I can unequivocally say that this guide is a ‘must have’ instructional tool that will be beneficial for any person, group or organization that values the role of trees and natural systems and views them as integral elements for sustainable campus landscapes,” shared Joe Jackson, past president for the Professional Grounds Management Society.

We are excited to note that Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA program manager, Mary Sweeney, played a vital role in the creation of this guide.

Download your copy of the guide today.

Celebrating Global Tiger Day: July 29

Today – July 29 - is Global Tiger Day, a day for appreciating and celebrating all species of tigers worldwide. Unfortunately, this also means realizing their great decline in numbers due to poaching, habitat loss, and conflicts.

Tigers recline in their natural habitat. Image via National Geographic; photo credit: Steve Winter.

Tigers recline in their natural habitat. Image via National Geographic; photo credit: Steve Winter.

Did you know…trees and tigers go hand-in-hand. A majority of tigers’ natural habitats are made up of forests. Tropical, evergreen, temperate and snow-covered hardwood forests, along with mangrove swamps, are all home to various species of tiger.

Celebrate these beautiful creatures on Global Tiger Day — and every day — by raising awareness and supporting the preservation of their habitats.

Five facts about tigers from our friends at the World Wildlife Fund:

Tiger Ranges

This map shows the shrinking global range of tigers. Map copyright World Wildlife Fund.

1. In the last century alone, tigers have lost 93% of their historic range.

2. Continued large-scale habitat destruction and decimation of prey populations are the major long-term threats to the continued existence of tigers in the wild.3. Tiger habitat decreased by 45% in the last 10 years.

4. All tigers need dense vegetation, the presence of large ungulate prey, and access to water to be able to survive.

5. Tigers are found in a wide range of habitats in Asia and the Russian Far East, in increasingly fragmented and isolated populations.

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Coe Roberts is an Electronic Communication Specialist at the Arbor Day Foundation.