Purdue University Fort Wayne has achieved the designation of a Tree Campus USA® from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. The program recognizes colleges and universities for successful campus forest management and for engaging students and staff in conservation goals. Purdue Fort Wayne joins more than 380 campuses across the country with this distinction.
To obtain the honor, the university met the foundation’s five core standards for effective campus forest management:
- Tree advisory committee
- Campus tree-care plan
- Dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program
- Arbor Day observance
- Student service-learning project
“This is great achievement for both our students and campus,” noted Tad Smith, director of grounds. “This will give our students educational opportunities to learn about the approximately 10,000 trees we have on our nearly 700-acre campus. We are proud that this honor also helps us showcase our sustained commitment to environmental stewardship.”
Read the full Purdue University Fort Wayne Press Release for more information.