UNCG has been certified once again as a Tree Campus USA university. The official presentation will occur on Earth Day at UNCG, April 22, 2014, said Jorge Quintal, associate vice chancellor for facilities.
The notification letter noted a commitment to healthy, sustainable urban forests from those receiving the designation.
The Tree Campus USA program, created by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
When UNCG initially received this designation in 2009, it was a first for any UNC system university.
Hal Shelton, UNCG Grounds supervisor, explained that a lot of people at UNCG play a role in this effort. He particularly noted UNCG’s Peabody Park Preservation Committee.
Shelton said that the campus adds more trees each year. But open space is important to the campus community as well. So in addition to adding trees, a focus is promoting the health of the trees we already have.
Students on social media often cite the natural beauty of the UNCG campus. Kevin Siler in Grounds, the campus point person for Tree Campus USA, says he hears prospective students are drawn to the campus’ beauty and trees.
See related story about new trees in Peabody Park.
By Mike Harris