Arbor Day Foundation Honors CSCC with 2013 Tree Campus USA Recognition

Monday, March 24, 2014

Cleveland State Community College was recently honored with 2013 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
  Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Cleveland State Community College achieved the title by meeting 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 student service-learning project.

  “Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”
  Latrondra Newton, chief corporate social responsibility officer for Toyota Motor North America, said, “Toyota is so proud to support a program that we believe has a great impact on both reducing the environmental footprint of a college campus and inspiring college students to become conservation leaders.”
  “Cleveland State Community College is proud to be recertified as a Tree Campus USA,” stated Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC President. “This award recognizes the hard work and dedication of so many throughout the campus, and it is rewarding to know our efforts paid off once again.”
  The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested over $26 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at

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