HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 11, 2014 – Thanks to continued efforts to keep the campus green with trees, High Point University has been designated as a “Tree Campus USA” for the fifth consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation. HPU is one of only six campuses in the state honored with this designation. The award will be given in a presentation at 4 p.m. on April 24 during an Arbor Day celebration on campus.
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
HPU 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 toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.
HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein has been instrumental in leading efforts on campus to maintain its Tree Campus USA status by spearheading environmental stewardship efforts, as well as volunteering countless hours on campus while passionately advocating for a sustainable university.
“Receiving Tree Campus USA for the 5th straight year is a direct result of our efforts to continually improve and enhance the campus tree canopy and landscape,” says Jon Roethling, curator of grounds at HPU.
Some of those efforts include new initiatives, including building a new greenhouse and nursery thanks to a grant from the Stanley Smith Foundation, working with student organizations on campus to create new gardens and increasing the gardens’ online presence.
“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” says 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 all of us.”
For more information on the trees and gardens on campus, visit www.highpoint.edu/gardens.