USC earns 2022 Tree Campus Higher Education for 14th time
South Carolina has garnered distinction every year of program's existence
By Koby Padgett, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-576-6701
For the 14th-consecutive year, the University of South Carolina earned the Tree Campus Higher Education recognition 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 411 campuses across the United States with this recognition.
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