BLACKSBURG, Va., April 17, 2012 – For the fourth consecutive year, Virginia Tech has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of the university's commitment to effective community forestry management.
Virginia Tech achieved the designation by meeting the required five core standards for sustainable campus forestry: 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.
Virginia Tech is the only institution of higher education in Virginia so recognized. The Arbor Day Foundation also recognizes the Town of Blacksburg as a Tree City USA.
As in previous years, Virginia Tech students will plant trees on campus this spring to celebrate Arbor Day and the Tree Campus USA designation. The date, time, and location of the tree planting will be announced at a later date.
Established in 2008, Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Tree Campus USA is supported by a grant from Toyota.
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.