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Chatham University is recognized as 2012 Tree Campus USA

The national program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation

PITTSBURGH (March 13, 2013) … Chatham University has been recognized as a 2012 Tree Campus USA. The national Tree Campus USA program was launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America, Inc. The program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

Chatham obtained the Tree Campus USA distinction by meeting the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by the program, including the establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student-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.”

With elements designed for the Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, Chatham’s 39-acre campus encompasses a 32-acre designated arboretum featuring 115 different varieties of species, including dawn redwood, bald cypress, yellowwood, katsura tree, cucumber magnolia, and Carolina silverbell. The arboretum provides an outdoor classroom for students in the University’s Landscape Architecture and Landscape Studies programs and an inviting place to stroll and to meditate.

In 1998, Chatham joined the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, now known as the American Public Garden Association (APGA). The APGA for North American public gardens and staff strengthens public gardens by supporting and promoting their work, value, and achievements in horticultural display, education, research, and plant conservation.

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.

This year, Chatham was one of just 21 colleges to be named to The Princeton Review’s Green Rating Honor Roll. Chatham’s commitment to sustainability and the environment earned it an AASHE STARS Gold Rating and recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, among others.

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.

About Toyota
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 United States.

For more information on Toyota’s commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit toyota.com/philanthropy.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

With enrollment of more than 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today. Widely recognized for its commitment to the environment, Chatham’s new Eden Hall Campus, opening in fall 2013, is the first campus in the world to be built from the ground up as a living and learning laboratory for sustainability. As the future home of our School of Sustainability and the Environment, students will have the opportunity to explore and discover next generation solutions in the areas of energy and climate, water, food and sustainable agriculture, planning and design, and community and health.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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