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HPU Earns 'Tree Campus USA' Title

03.2.2011

The Tree Campus USA program is an initiative that sprang from a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America, Inc. to foster the development of the next generation of tree stewards. The program is designed to award national recognition to college campus and the leaders of their surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.

“We are very proud to have received the Tree Campus USA Designation again this year,” said HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein, who has dedicated her time to create several gardens on campus. “Our Arboretum team and HPU Administration have supported us in all these efforts and will continue to do so over the years. Our Campus continues to be beautiful, and we just launched our Arboretum site on the Web at http://gardens.highpoint.edu/.”

Trees are a vital component of High Point University’s landscaping, providing environmental and economical benefits. Trees in urban areas, and especially on campuses, reduce the “heat island effect” caused by pavement and buildings. Leaves filter the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles.

In fact, Jon Roethling, curator of the grounds at HPU, adds that the abundance of trees on campus is very important, and the Student Arboretum Team has completed an inventory of the number and types of trees on campus.

“This information will assist our efforts in not only having a sense of the current status of the tree canopy at HPU but will also be used to guide our efforts to increase the canopy both in number and diversity,” Roethling explains.

According to John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, “We celebrate your diligence in improving the quality of life for the students, faculty, and staff of High Point University and thank you for creating a healthier, more sustainable world for us all.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist

336-841-9055 phaynes@highpoint.edu

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