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Arbor Day Foundation Honors ABAC with 2013 Tree Campus USA Recognition

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has been honored with 2013 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. ABAC 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.

Brad Barbee, ABAC Grounds Manager and Tree Campus USA Committee Chair, said “ABAC becoming a Tree Campus USA was a goal the College has worked toward for some time now. This honor demonstrates our strong commitment to existing trees and development of future tree care practices on campus.  The projects that will ultimately ensue because of this distinction serve as a bridge for community, faculty, staff and students through awareness, campus learning projects and community outreach projects.”

The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested over $26 million in campus forest management last year.  More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

“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 us all.”

“Toyota is so proud to support a program that we believe has a great impact on both reducing the environmental footprint of a college campus and inspiring college students to become conservation leaders,” said Latrondra Newton, chief corporate social responsibility officer for Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.
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