CWRU has been awarded the 2018 National Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA certification. This is the second year in a row that the campus has received this distinction.
By obtaining an annual Tree Campus USA designation, CWRU is joining the City of Cleveland in its commitment to make Cleveland once again the Forest City, a nickname Cleveland held in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The City of Cleveland currently only has a 19% urban tree canopy with a plan in place to reach 30% tree canopy by 2040 and a long term goal of 40%. Learn more in the Cleveland Tree Plan on the City of Cleveland's website.
CWRU’s Tree Campus USA certification means that the campus has a tree care plan in place, a tree advisory committee, and has committed to holding both an Arbor Day celebration and a tree-related service learning event annually.
This recognition could not have been possible without campus participation during the Arbor Day Celebration, the help of ten undergraduate volunteers in this fall’s Second Annual Root Rake Out, and the engagement of the CWRU grounds department in helping improve campus tree mulching and planting practices.
Be on the lookout for more tree-related activities and service learning this year as the Office of Energy & Sustainability works towards achieving the Tree Campus certification again for the 2019 calendar year.
To learn more about the Tree Campus USA program, visit the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA's website.
This story was covered in the CWRU Daily also.