Cameron University has earned designation as a Tree Campus USA® for the sixth consecutive year. The national program, launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
“Cameron’s commitment to ensuring that the campus environment is rich with a multitude of native and adapted tree species continues,” says Dr. Terry Conley, Chair, Department of Agriculture, Biology and Health Sciences. Conley also manages CU’s Tree Campus USA® program. “The variety of trees found on the Lawton campus play a multitude of roles. Not only do they provide shade and windbreaks, they play a crucial role in sustaining the local environment by cleaning the air. Another important function of the tree planting program at campus is that of utilizing them as instructional resources for faculty and students, particularly those in biological sciences.”
To earn the distinction, Cameron had to meet five core standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation. The standards are: maintaining a campus tree advisory committee, maintaining a campus tree care plan, demonstrating evidence of dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, holding an Arbor Day observance, and promoting and sponsoring student service-learning projects related to the campus tree program.
"Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” says Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Because of Cameron University’s participation, air will be purer, water cleaner and your students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.”
“It is rewarding that Cameron’s efforts to maintain a healthy tree population on campus continue to be recognized on a national level,” Conley says.
February 14, 2019