The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa was honored with Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
UH Mānoa 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 for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. Currently there are 296 campus across the United States with this recognition.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized again by the Arbor Day Foundation,” said Roxanne Adams, the director of buildings and grounds at UH Mānoa. “The Mānoa campus is such a special place, and we think that our 4,000 plus trees that feature 500 different species are a big part of what makes it special. We love our trees.”
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Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, 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 us all.”
The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $46.7 million in campus forest management last year.