Tree Campus USA
By Mike Brothers
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 10, 2015 — Drury University has earned recognition as a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. The announcement was made at today’s campus Arbor Day celebration by Missouri’s state forester, Lisa Allen of the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Drury’s urban forest accounts for more than $1.2 million in capital assets and the university has planted more than 200 new trees on campus in the past three years alone.
Drury is the only college or university in Springfield to hold the designation, and one of only seven in the state of Missouri. It achieved the title by meeting five core standards: maintaining a tree advisory committee, having a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for its campus tree program, holding an Arbor Day observance and a launching a related student service-learning project.
“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”
Drury has been consistently recognized a “green” school. For the past five years Drury has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada by The Princeton Review, and the university received the Forest ReLeaf of Missouri award in May of last year.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $29 million in campus forest management last year. For more information go to Arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.