The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa was honored with the 2019 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for another consecutive year for our tree planting efforts,” said Roxanne Adams, UH Mānoa director of buildings and grounds. “We are dedicated to making the campus a beautiful place to learn while setting the example of sustainable living for the campus and community.”
The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
“Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Because of University of Hawaiʻi‘s participation, the air will be purer, water cleaner and your students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.”
- Related UH News story: UH Mānoa trees nationally recognized 10th straight year, February 26, 2019
UH Mānoa achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards—maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program and an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. Currently, there are 385 campuses across the United States with this recognition.
The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year.