Franklin College has earned a Tree Campus USA recognition for the seventh consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. The college is one of 10 institutions in the state of Indiana to earn the distinction.
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.
“This year the Tree Campus USA Award is especially meaningful because we worked extra hard to achieve our goals,” said Alice Heikens, Ph.D., professor of biology, who has played an essential role in the campus’ recognition. “The construction of the new Franklin College Science Center presented us with challenges in caring for the trees, but our campus community came together to ensure excellent tree care and the beautification of our campus.”
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. The Tree Campus USA initiative began in 2008 and nearly 400 colleges met the organization’s standards in 2019.
For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.
POSTED Feb 26, 2020