HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 21, 2012 – Thanks to continued efforts on the High Point University campus, the Arbor Day Foundation has announced that HPU achieved “Tree Campus USA” designation for the third year in a row.
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 campuses and the leaders of their surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.
“I am very pleased to hear that we have again received this designation,” says HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein. “It shows that all of our efforts have paid off.”
Mrs. Qubein has volunteered countless hours to spearhead environmental stewardship efforts at HPU. She has created numerous gardens on campus and continues to be a passionate advocate for a sustainable university.
The abundance of trees will continue to grow, thanks to a $5,700 donation worth of trees the university received. In fact, the new trees will be planted on campus during spring break.
Jon Roethling, curator of the grounds at HPU, notes that having an abundance of trees on campus not only adds beauty, but they serve an important role by providing environmental and economical benefits; leaves filter the air by removing dust and other particles.
The HPU campus has taken a number of steps to earn the Tree Campus USA designation. Previously, members of the Student Arboretum Team completed an inventory of the number and types of trees on campus.
And recently, HPU launched the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Bio Tracking and Mapping System. The new GPS mapping system, which has already mapped 90 percent of the trees on campus, can track precise biological information about every living campus specimen. The system – originally designed by the Alliance for Public Gardens GIS, was customized and implemented by Roethling, the Office of Information Technology at HPU, as well as students in the Department of Biology.
“We are very excited that this GPS mapping system is in place,” Qubein adds. “Now we can track the trees in our arboretum within six inches of where it is from a satellite map. It is an amazing network of information that will be utilized to track plants in our gardens, and eventually for other services at HPU.”
For more information on the trees and gardens on campus, visit www.highpoint.edu/arboretum
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 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. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.
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