Arbor Day Foundation Names USC Upstate Tree Campus USA

February 9, 2010 at 9:20 am

The Arbor Day Foundation honored the University of South Carolina Upstate as a 2009 Tree Campus USA University for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. This is the second consecutive year USC Upstate has been named a Tree Campus USA University.

“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.

“From our alumni who donate trees, to supporters of the Susan Jacobs Arboretum, to the area garden clubs who donate plant materials, to our loyal fan base who attend our annual Arbor Day Celebrations, to the extreme generosity of the Noble Tree Foundation and of Bill and Linda Cobb, and to Bruce Suddeth and our knowledgeable Landscape Services crew who choose, plant and nurture the trees all across campus — this Tree Campus USA honor reflects on all of them, and their dedication to the campus environment,” says University Chancellor John Stockwell.

More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at 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

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