Baker named ‘Tree Campus’ again
Baker University is a Tree Campus USA for the third year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation announced Wednesday.
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.
Baker University, the only university or college in Kansas recognized with the honor, 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.
“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.”
“Toyota is so proud to support a program that we believe has a tremendous impact on both reducing the environmental footprint of a college campus and inspiring college students to become the conservation leaders of the future,” said Patricia Salas Pineda, group vice president of National Philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation.
The Ivan Boyd Arboretum, established on the Baldwin City campus in 1978, has approximately 450 trees on the main campus and 114 species. The University annually adds species to the arboretum.
“Trees benefit the campus community and play a key role in our sustainability efforts by keeping the air cleaner, providing shade and reducing energy costs,” said Roger Boyd, Baker’s director of natural areas. “We take pride in caring for our trees as part of the scenic campus landscape. The beauty of the trees is something all of our visitors can enjoy.”
Members of the Arboretum Committee are Roger Boyd, director of natural areas; Nate Poell, technical services librarian; Jeremy Portlock, director of the physical plant; Sam Beecher, student representative and recent Baker graduate; Steve Wright, Baker grounds-crew member; and Chris Hamill, a member of the Baldwin Tree Board and local nurseryman.
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.