Arbor Day Foundation Names USC Upstate Tree Campus USA

March 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm


Spartanburg, S.C. — The Arbor Day Foundation has honored the University of South Carolina Upstate as a 2010 Tree Campus USA University for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

This is the third consecutive year USC Upstate has been named a Tree Campus USA University. The campus was the first public university in the state to achieve the honor, and is one of four universities in the state to be named a Tree Campus USA.

“The Tree Campus USA program will have a long-lasting impact at the University of South Carolina Upstate as it engages college students and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for decades to come,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The university will benefit from exceptional tree-care practices on campus as it works with tree-care professionals in the community to improve the tree canopy in Spartanburg.”

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors college and universities and the leaders of the campus and surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is supported by a grant from Toyota.

USC Upstate met the required five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. Those standards are establishing a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body. USC Upstate’s Landscape Services department was also required to submit a detailed inventory of trees, which included 131 species of trees in 59 genera.

Over the past three years, the campus tree inventory has grown from 1,471 tress (or 35 percent coverage) to 2,141 trees (53 percent coverage). Forty acres of woodlands have been purchased, bringing the total of woodland space to 20.73 percent coverage.

More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA. The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the foundation and its programs can be found at www.arborday.org.

For more information about the Campus Tree USA award, please contact Bruce Suddeth, director of Landscape Services, at bsuddeth@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5500.