Pittsburgh – Chatham University was honored once again with 2013 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the second year in a row Chatham has earned this designation.
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Chatham University 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 for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.
Chatham’s historic campus on Woodland Road in Shadyside is one of the most idyllic locations in the City of Pittsburgh. The campus contains elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers. It was designated an arboretum in 1998 by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (now known as the American Public Garden Association), Chatham’s 39-acre campus features 125 different varieties of species, including Japanese Flowering Crabapple, River Birch and Kentucky Coffee Tree. The Arboretum provides an outdoor classroom for students in the University’s Landscape Architecture and Landscape Studies programs, as well as an inviting place to stroll and to meditate.
“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 us all.”
“Toyota is so proud to support a program that we believe has a great impact on both reducing the environmental footprint of a college campus and inspiring college students to become conservation leaders,” said Latrondra Newton, chief corporate social responsibility officer for Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested over $26 million in campus forest management last year.