When folks think of a quality institution of higher learning, they often think of academics, athletics, and the quality of life on campus, which includes its natural beauty, of which trees play a major part. 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 will highlight the 2013 recognized Tree Campus USA schools as divided by region. Below is our first list of NCAA Tree Campus USA teams in the West Region.
Arizona State University: ASU has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA for six years. ASU’s Tempe campus encompasses Arizona’s largest public arboretum with more than 900 species and is nationally recognized. It’s also the oldest continually managed green space in Arizona.
University of Arizona: The UA has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA for five years. In addition, UA received a gold rating for sustainability in 2012 by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Stanford University: Stanford is new to the Tree Campus USA community, gaining recognition for the first time in 2013. The campus also recognizes ‘significant trees’ — trees selected as outstanding and deserving of special protection because of their rarity, age, or historical importance.
University of Colorado- Boulder: CU has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA for four years. CU isn’t only working to make their campus greener, but their stadiums too. Ralphie’s Green Stampede is a campus initiative to move toward a zero-waste football stadium, converting virtually all public food and beverage packaging to recyclable or compostable materials and containers.
Texas Southern University: TSU has been a designated Tree Campus USA for three years.
University of Texas Austin: UT has been designated a Tree Campus USA for 6 years, and is one of the first three campuses in the nation to become a Tree Campus USA. UT’s trees are estimated to be valued at $25 million.
Weber State University: WSU has been designated a Tree Campus USA for three years. WSU has also been listed in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition for demonstrating notable commitments to sustainability in academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.