Tree Campus USA

At Purdue’s annual Earth Week/Arbor Day volunteer tree planting event on April 25, 2019 on the West Lafayette campus, representatives accepted the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA award on behalf of the University for the 10th consecutive year.

In order to be recognized as a Tree Campus, colleges and universities must meet the following five core standards that promote tree health and student involvement:

  • Maintain a tree advisory committee.
  • Create a campus tree care plan.
  • Dedicate annual expenditures for its campus tree program.
  • Hold an Arbor Day observance.
  • Provide a student service-learning project.

Purdue’s Grounds and Sustainability departments collaborate with the campus arboretum to continually meet the Tree Campus USA requirements. In addition to creating a tree care plan, designated staff implement it throughout the year by performing required landscape maintenance, including the removal of unhealthy trees and the planting of new ones.

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