HPU Named Tree Campus Higher Education for 12th Consecutive Year

High Point University has been recognized with the 2020 Tree Campus Higher Education award, formerly known as Tree Campus USA®, marking the 12th consecutive year the university has received this designation.


HIGH POINT, N.C., March 9, 2021 – High Point University has been recognized with the 2020 Tree Campus Higher Education award, formerly known as Tree Campus USA®, marking the 12th consecutive year the university has received this designation.

Pictured is the Mahler Promenade which is part of HPU’s Innovation Corridor.

HPU is one of four in North Carolina to have been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation for 10 or more years. Tree Campus Higher Education, an Arbor Day Foundation program, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

“We are very grateful we were able to still achieve the goal of acquiring the Tree Campus Higher Education designation considering the challenging year we had due to the global pandemic,” said HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein, who inspired the vision for the campus arboretum and gardens. “Our staff remained committed to caring for our gardens and arboretum to keep them in the pristine shape that they are, and helped our community recognize the importance of trees by planting them in the community. This award recognizes that dedication.”

Tree Campus Higher Education, a national program launched in 2008, recognizes colleges and universities who meet the following five standards: establishing a tree advisory committee, evidence of a tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for the campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service learning projects.

The Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at HPU are home to 3,700 different plants, including more than 700 varieties of trees. The arboretum and gardens feature several tree collections. These include 48 varieties of redbuds, 65 different species of dogwoods, 40 varieties of flowering cherries, and 171 different magnolias, which is the second largest magnolia collection in the state.

In 2019, Qubein released “Planting Seeds of Greatness,” an eight-chapter book that illustrates the beauty of the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. To learn more about the 27 botanical gardens on campus, purchase a copy of the book at https://engage.highpoint.edu/hpugardens. All proceeds will benefit HPU’s Extraordinary Education fund.

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