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WKU named Tree Campus USA for 6th consecutive year

WKU has received the Tree Campus USA® designation for the sixth consecutive year from the Arbor Day Foundation.

PrintTree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. WKU achieved the 2015 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. Currently there are 254 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

“WKU diligently preserves and consistently strives to improve our diversified urban forest of over 3,600 trees,” Campus Services Manager Josh Twardowski said. “WKU has been recognized for the past six years as being a Tree Campus USA® in addition to earning Accredited Arboretum status in January of last year. WKU’s commitment to maintain a healthy and vigorous tree population is of the utmost importance and one of our core goals. We encourage faculty, staff, students and visitors to learn and benefit from our urban forest.”

“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.”

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $36.8 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.

Contact: Josh Twardowski, (270) 745-5820

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