We are excited to announce that 148 colleges and universities were named a 2011 Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
That number is up about 30 percent compared to 2010, when 116 campuses received the designation. Tree Campus USA was launched in 2008 to honor and assist colleges and in promoting healthy trees and inspiring the next generation of environmental champions.
We’re grateful to have Toyota as a partner in this important effort.
The Foundation and Toyota are also sponsoring 13 tree planting events throughout the country this spring. Seven are supported by the AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the remaining six are supported by the historically black Greek organizations Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
The University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Los Angeles Valley College; Colorado State University; the University of South Florida; the University of Illinois at Chicago; the University of Kentucky; The Ohio State University; and The Catholic University of Ameirca are among the institutions named a Tree Campus USA for the first time.
The University of California, San Diego; Arizona State University; Northern Kentucky University; Michigan State University; the University of Texas; and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln are among the handful of campuses receiving the recognition for the fourth year in a row.
Today is also the last day to cast your vote for up to five of your favorite Tree Campus USA events at arbordaynow.org, with the winning campuses receiving a $1,000 prize from the Arbor Day Foundation. Currently, Virginia Tech and the University of Rochester are neck-and-neck with about 12,000 votes each, though up to five campuses can win.