Franklin College has earned a Tree Campus USA recognition for the sixth consecutive year 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 to honor colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students in the spirit of conservation. Franklin College achieved the recognition by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards: maintaining a campus tree advisory committee; developing a campus tree-care plan; having a campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures; planning an Arbor Day observance; and conducting a student service-learning project.
“Collaboration is the key word in obtaining the Tree Campus USA designation,” said Alice Heikens, Ph.D., professor of biology, who has played an essential role in the campus’ recognition. “The college must demonstrate we plant and maintain trees using best practices, commit human and financial resources to trees, and have the support of our students, faculty, and staff. Volunteer hours from EARTH (student organization) and FOCUS (annual service day) are critical in our application process. I am thankful for all who work with me to meet the rigorous criteria. I am proud the college is invested in achieving the Tree Campus USA award and devotes resources to this important endeavor.”
The Arbor Day Foundation recently launched the Time for Trees initiative, with the unprecedented goals of planting 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspiring five million tree planters by 2022. By earning Tree Campus USA recognition, Franklin College has played an important role in this initiative. In 2018, Tree Campus USA schools collectively planted 32,204 trees and engaged 31,682 students, helping the Foundation work toward its critical goals and large-scale impact for future generations.
For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.
POSTED Apr 26, 2019