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IUPUI named a 2012 Tree Campus USA


March 6, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is a Tree Campus USA for the first time, the Arbor Day Foundation has announced.

“I am thrilled with IUPUI receiving the Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation,” said Colleen McCormick, director of the IUPUI Office of Sustainability. “Trees provide many benefits in urban environments. Some of these include reduce energy costs, lower urban air temperatures, reduce negative impacts of air and water pollution, improve health and well-being, reduce crime, and create wildlife and plant diversity. This designation demonstrates the commitment that IUPUI has and will continue to have for supporting and expanding the amount of trees on campus.”

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 helped launch the program and continues its generous financial support this year.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 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 toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.

Achieving the Tree Campus USA designation was a goal Steve Stringer, Campus Facility Services’ manager for Ground Services, set several years ago.

“Seeing so many campus groups come together, working toward a common goal, has been a tremendous benefit of this effort,” Stringer said. “There was collaboration by the Office of Sustainability, the IU Office of University Landscape Architects, Campus Facility Services, Grounds Services, a Department of Geography tree mapping student project, support from IUPUI Honors College and a student supported by a scholarship from the Office of Service Learning who assisted with gathering and organizing the information to complete the application,” Stringer said.

“The IUPUI Solution Center provided matching grant money through its Community Venture Fund to support four student interns who, under the direction of assistant professor of geography Daniel Johnson, worked on the project during the summer of 2012.” The students conducted a tree count and spatial analysis of the IUPUI tree canopy, which included more than 3,000 trees.

For more information about the IUPUI Tree Advisory Committee visit here and here

To fulfill one of the requirements to involve the campus community and an outside supporting organization, IUPUI teamed with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to organize an Arbor Day tree planting event in April 2012.”

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