Kent State University has been awarded the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA designation for the sixth straight year.
The award acknowledges colleges and universities all over the country who practice exemplary forest management and demonstrate a strong committment to conservation.
According to Kent State's website, the university had to meet five standards in order to be in the Tree Campus USA circle: sustaining a tree advisory committee, developing a tree care plan, dedicating annual expenditures toward trees, educating the campus community through Arbor Day observances, and completing student service learning projects.
The majority of students participating in the service learning projects are in Kent State's urban forestry class. Part of their tasks are to take inventory of the campus trees and report their findings to University Facilities Management. Faculty hope that by introducing students to conservation and tree care at an early age, they will take this interest with them and share it with their friends in the years to come.
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To learn more about the Tree Campus USA program, visit http://www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa|">www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa.
For more information about University Facilities Management at Kent State, visit http://www.kent.edu/ufm|">www.kent.edu/ufm.