USC Upstate Receives Tree Campus USA Designation for Eighth Time

March 28, 2016 at 9:25 am

Tree Campus 2012 Waterfall 2012 webFor the eighth year in a row, the University of South Carolina Upstate has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

The USC Upstate 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 university is in prestigious company at this seven-year milestone. Other recipients include Auburn University, Clemson, Duke, Furman, the University of South Carolina, University of Georgia and Florida Gulf Coast University to name a few.

USC Upstate was first recognized as a Tree Campus USA in 2008

“This is what we love doing,” said Bruce Suddeth, director of Landscape Services at USC Upstate. “We are extremely grateful for the support we receive in keeping our campus beautiful through monies donated to the campus beautification fund, support through Arbor Day events on campus and the very generous support of tree enthusiasts in Spartanburg.”

Suddeth said USC Upstate has been very fortunate to have a number of community leaders and University friends who have helped to donate trees and other plantings to help shape the Susan Jacobs Arboretum and the Upstate Rotary International Peace Park, as well as to develop new entryways into campus and establish landscaping in parking areas and around buildings.

“Your diligence in improving the environment and quality of life at University of South Carolina Upstate contributes to a healthier, more sustainable world for us all,” Mary Sweeney, program manager for the Arbor Day Foundation wrote in a letter to the University.

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.

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

USC Upstate will celebrate Arbor Day December 2, 2016 with speaker David Culp.

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