UCSD Awarded 'Tree Campus USA' Status

    UCSD will hold a tree-planting ceremony Nov. 12 to celebrate its status as one of nine U.S. campuses to be named “Tree Campus USA.”

    Commemorated by the Arbor Day Foundation for practices in campus forestry, UCSD will plant over 100 trees during the 11:15 a.m. event to replace the hundreds of trees that have been lost to storms, land development and drought in recent years.

    The event will take place in a grove east of the Faculty Club where volunteers will plant several species and sizes of trees, including 40 sugar gum, 34 “Little Gem” and 26 Torrey pine trees.

    The ADF, a nonprofit conservation organization on a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees, is honoring colleges nationwide for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging their campuses in environmental stewardship.

    “This tree-planting event will raise awareness of ongoing reforestation efforts on our campus, and increase environmental responsibility among students, faculty and staff,” campus urban forester Sam Oludunfe said. “The trees planted will help us restore the diminishing tree canopy on campus and increase tree-species diversity throughout the campus forest.”

    The standards required to obtain the Tree Care USA honor were all met by UCSD: the establishment of a campus tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree plan, involvement in an Arbor Day observance and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.

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