Hollins has been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation with the organization’s Tree Campus USA® designation, highlighting the university’s commitment to effective urban forest management and engaging students, faculty, and staff in conservation goals.
“Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Because of Hollins’ participation, air will be purer, water cleaner, and the university’s students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.”
Hollins, which has now earned the designation in 2016, 2017, and 2018, meets Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and a student service-learning project. Currently there are 364 campuses across the United States with this recognition.
The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year.