Ohio State Gets National Recognition for Tree Program

For the fifth straight year, The Ohio State University is proud to earn a Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation, highlighting the university’s commitment to creating and maintaining a healthy tree population. 

Ohio State has received the designation every year since it first applied in 2011. 

Tree Campus USA, which was launched in 2008, is a national program that recognizes colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in conservation. 

To obtain the Tree Campus USA recognition, Ohio State had to meet five core standards for sustainable campus forestry including having a tree advisory committee, maintaining a tree-care plan, observing Arbor Day, sponsoring student learning projects and having dedicated funds that support a campus tree program. 

In the last year, Ohio State has planted 535 trees and held a service-learning project where students and community volunteers planted 20 trees on campus. Additionally, the university has committed to doubling its tree canopy by 2025.