JAMESTOWN - The Arbor Day Foundation has designated Jamestown Com-munity College as a Tree Campus USA for the fourth year in a row.
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Toyota, which helped launch the program, continues to provide financial support for Tree Campus USA.
JCC, the first community college in New York state to earn the Tree Campus USA designation, achieved the title by meeting five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.
"Becoming a Tree Campus has been a wonderful addition to the synergy at JCC as we grow in our sustainability efforts," remarked Jan Bowman, associate professor of biology. "The involvement of students, especially our urban forestry interns who work with local arborist Lori Brockelbank, provides a wonderful learning experience for them, but also teaches others by example.
"Our efforts to increase and care for our campus arboretum along with our other 'green' efforts demonstrate to our students and the greater community that trees and sustainability are a priority," she added.
"Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment," said John Rosenow, founder and 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 all of us."
The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested $23 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
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 can be found at arborday.org.