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UofSC earns 2021 Tree Campus Higher Education distinction

13th-straight year South Carolina has earned the honor

For the 13th-straight year, the University of South Carolina earned Tree Campus Higher Education distinction by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

The Arbor Day Foundation is the world’s largest membership nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. Its Tree Campus Higher Education program began in 2008 to encourage colleges and universities to plant trees on their campuses. South Carolina has garnered the award every year since its inception.

The Tree Campus Higher Education program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and engaging staff and students in conservation goals. South Carolina achieved the distinction by meeting Tree Campus Higher Education’s five standards, including 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 393 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

More information about the program is available at treecampushighered.org.

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