To receive the designation, Furman met five required core standards for sustainable campus forestry: maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
Tree Campus USA, a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Toyota helped launch the program and continues to generously support Tree Campus USA.
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 about the Tree Campus USA program is available online at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA, or call the Furman News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107.