Of the 68 National Collegiate Athletic Association teams playing in this year’s tournament, we found 29 colleges that have been recognized as 2013 Tree Campus USA’s. Our NCAA series continues with the following list of Tree Campus USA’s in the central region.
University of Michigan: U-M was the first university to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA and has received designation for the last six years. U-M has more than 16,000 trees spread across its four campuses. The central campus alone has more than 1,200 trees.
Eastern Kentucky: EKU has been designated a Tree Campus USA for three years.
Tennessee State University: TSU received recognition as a Tree Campus USA for the first time in 2013. TSU is moving to become a greener campus through its campus sustainability initiative, including a thermostat setback policy and use of green cleaning chemicals.
The Ohio State University: OSU has been designated a Tree Campus USA for three years. OSU’s extension is continually working to raise awareness of the social and economic benefits trees provide through its ‘Why Trees Matter’ program.
University of Iowa: UI has been designated a Tree Campus USA for five years. UI has more than 7,700 trees on campus, and plants 300 news trees every year.
University of Louisiana Lafayette: UL Lafayette has been designated a Tree Campus USA for five years. The campus has implemented a number of green initiatives including Acorns of Hope, a joint project with local non-profit Bob’s Tree Preservation to reforest the eroding coastline of South Louisiana.
University of Louisville: The U of L has been designated a Tree Campus USA for four years. The campus has more than 2,500 trees and a number of programs in place to maintain its greenery.