The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Florida Tech as a Tree Campus USA, a designation currently earned by only eight other Florida universities. The 2014 designation acknowledges the university’s dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.
The Arbor Day Foundation\’s Tree Campus USA program recognizes excellence in campus tree management as well as student and community involvement. The foundation raises environmental awareness from the bottom up and engages the campus community.
“Being a Tree Campus USA keeps us accountable for the university’s urban forest and allows us to illustrate how we will be using and caring for the trees on campus in the future,” said Holly Chichester, Florida Tech horticulturist and manager of grounds.
To earn the Tree Campus USA status, Florida Tech met Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects. For more information, visit www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa.