WKU was honored with 2014 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
“WKU is honored to again be recognized as a Tree Campus USA®,” Josh Twardowski, Manager of Operations and Campus Services. “At WKU, we strive to continually and positively promote environmental stewardship and create a unique sense of place on our campus through the planting of trees.”
WKU was recognized in January as an Accredited Arboretum through the Morton Register of Arboreta. “This unique distinction along with a fifth Tree Campus USA® recognition, proves our commitment to creating and maintaining a sustainable and ecologically diverse urban forest with over 3,600 trees identified and catalogued on our main campus,” he said. “WKU partners with the City of Bowling Green each year to promote Arbor Day celebrations and we look forward to continually improving our tree management program at WKU.”
Tree Campus USA® is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. WKU 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 for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.
“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, 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 us all.”
“Toyota is so proud to support a program that we believe has a great impact on both reducing the environmental footprint of a college campus and inspiring college students to become conservation leaders,” said Latrondra Newton, chief corporate social responsibility officer for Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $29 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.
About Toyota: Toyota, the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ nearly 40,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.3 million cars and trucks in 2012 — and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today. Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. To date, Toyota has contributed $700 million to nonprofits in the U.S. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com. (NYSE:TM)
Contact: Josh Twardowski, (270) 745-5820