Missouri State named a 2012 Tree Campus USA
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. Tree Campus USA is supported financially by Toyota, which helped launch the program.
“Becoming a Tree Campus USA member doesn’t only show our commitment to campus but also our community,” said John Clark, assistant director of facilities management at Missouri State. “It creates a healthier community, reflects our pride, makes the campus more inviting to the public and increases its usage.”
Missouri State 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.
“Since 2007, MSU has taken inventory of all 2,000 plus trees on campus, implemented a tree management plan, hired a landscape architect to assist with reforesting the right trees in the right places, hired an additional arborist to manage the inventory and developed a planting plan that has been the guide for our reforestation efforts,” said Bob Eckels, director of facilities management at Missouri State.
According to Clark, there are more than 2,200 trees on the Missouri State campus, 150 of which were planted as part of the construction of Foster Recreation Center and of the renovation of Kings Avenue. Clark added that there are plans for an additional 45 trees in the near future.
“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.
For more information, contact Eckels at (417) 836-6865.
About Missouri State University
Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan system with a statewide mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons. The university’s identity is distinguished by its public affairs mission, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster expertise and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.
About the Arbor Day Foundation
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 on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org, or by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter or our blog.
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.
Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $600 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.