Ohio State Again Receives National Recognition for Tree Program

For the sixth year in a row, The Ohio State University is proud to earn a Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation. Ohio State has received the distinction each year since it first applied in 2011. This honor highlights the university’s commitment to creating and maintaining a healthy tree population on the Columbus campus.

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. 

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

This prestigious award will be announced on campus at the Arbor Day Celebration at the Chadwick Arboretum on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10 a.m., on the east side of Kottman Hall. Ohio State will dedicate the trees that were planted by students and staff during ArboBlitz in October 2016 and will announce the Lorax Award Winners. The event is open to the public.

Ohio State’s dedication to maintaining a healthy tree population supports the university’s goal to increase ecosystem services with a target to double the tree canopy on campus. Learn more about Ohio State’s university-wide sustainability goals.