For the seventh straight year, TCU was named a Tree Campus Higher Education Institution by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to caring for campus trees.
“This recognition requires an annual commitment from TCU regarding tree care, education, student events and expenditures related to our campus trees,” said Erik Trevino, director of landscaping and grounds. “This annual recognition is a source of pride for our TCU grounds team, as well as the entire TCU community.”
In addition to campus pride, according to the Arbor Day Foundation, a commitment to trees and green space have added benefits to the campus community, such as reducing energy use, absorbing carbon dioxide, encouraging physical activity and promoting environmental wellness.
The five overarching standards required for the designation are:
- Establishment of a campus tree advisory committee
- Evidence of a campus tree care plan
- Verification of the plan’s dedicated annual expenditures
- Observing Arbor Day
- Creating a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body
National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April. TCU celebrates Texas Arbor Day in November when weather is most optimal for planting trees.