NCC Honored with 2016 Tree Campus USA® Recognition

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DSC_0254Nash Community College has been honored with 2016 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. In the photo, North Carolina Forest Service Nash County Ranger Bill Lewis (right) presents the award to Ken White, NCC Master Gardener.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, 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.”

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Nash Community College 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 ArborDay observance and student service-learning project.

“The college’s commitment to investing in the community’s future is evident in our support of the environment,” NCC President Dr. Bill Carver said. “As a campus we strive to be good stewards of the land resources provided to us.” Nash Community College was presented the award Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Arbor Day Celebration held at the Imperial Centre. The college is one of 12 campuses in North Carolina and one of over 250 in the nation to receive this recognition for 2016, which also marks the second year that Nash Community College has earned the national designation.

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $46.7 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.