Northwestern receives Tree Campus USA recognition

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Northwestern receives Tree Campus USA recognition

June 4, 2012

Northwestern Oklahoma State University has received recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation as a 2011 Tree Campus USA school.

The university was listed with other recognized schools in a full-page ad in the April 27 edition of the Chronicles of Higher Education. Dr. Janet Cunningham, president, also received a letter of congratulations from Dan Lambe, vice president of programs for the Arbor Day Foundation.

In it he stated, “This special distinction sets your campus apart from other schools and shows your commitment to encouraging students and university personnel to care for our planet’s tree resources.

“The Arbor Day Foundation thanks you for your efforts and encourages you to apply for 2012 recertification. Together we can foster a sense of environmental stewardship in college students across the country.”

David Pecha, vice president for administration, said commitment to planting and maintaining healthy trees is an ongoing project for the university.

“Because of our location in Alva at the intersection of Highways 64 and 281, we feel the campus serves as the front yard to the community and we take great pride in maintaining the landscape,” he said.

“Among other projects in the recent past, we have planted trees at our campus in Woodward to augment the new landscape, had volunteers plant trees at the Alva Recreation Complex and planned the layout of trees and other plants in the green space on the west side of campus.

“We partner with other state agencies in planning and utilization of resources,” Pecha said.

CORE (Conserving Our Ranger Environment), a campus organization that sponsors “The Big Event” each year, was instrumental in obtaining Northwestern’s Tree Campus USA designation.

To be named a Tree Campus USA school, institutions must have a campus tree advisory committee, a campus tree care plan, a campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures, Arbor Day observations and at least one service learning project.

Campus tree programs help universities and colleges reduce the amount of energy that needs to be generated, reduces carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and serves as a stress-reducer by providing a leafy, green space for relaxation.