02/05/2013 11:13 AM
BATON ROUGE – LSU is a Tree Campus USA for the first time, the Arbor Day Foundation
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
“Achieving recognition as a Tree Campus USA is an important component in the overall
management of the Urban Forest at LSU,” said Fred Fellner, assistant director of LSU
Landscape Services. “The size and value of the campus forest, both in literal and
perceptive terms, is enormous. The trees are recognized world over and are a signature
element at LSU.
“The Tree Campus designation with associated requirements provides a framework for
professional observation and care, reporting of planting and removals, disaster response
and mitigation, and communication and education. The Arbor Day Foundation is a premier,
long standing organization which embodies the Tree Campus focus. This focus is consistent
with the mission of Landscape Services.”
LSU achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include
maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures
toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.
“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of
the environment,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day
Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges
and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for all of us.”
Toyota helped launch the program and continues its generous financial support this year.
“Toyota is so proud to support a program that we believe has a tremendous impact on
both reducing the environmental footprint of a college campus and inspiring college
students to become the conservation leaders of the future”, said Patricia Salas Pineda,
group vice president of National Philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation.
The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant
hundreds of thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested
$23 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program
is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
The Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of
one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate
trees. More information on the foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org, or by visiting on Facebook, www.facebook.com/arborday; Twitter, @arborday; or The Arbor Day Foundation Blog, http://blog.arborday.org/.
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently
operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs more than 30,000 people
in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion,
including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial
services and design.
Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities, where it
does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results.
Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education,
the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $600 million
to philanthropic programs in the U.S.
For more information on Toyota’s commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/about/philanthropy/.
Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013