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Huntingdon Named a 2017 Tree Campus USA

Huntingdon College
News Release

Faith | Wisdom | Service

February 1, 2018

For immediate release:

Huntingdon Named a 2017 Tree Campus USA

benches on the greenMontgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College has been honored with 2017 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Huntingdon College achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee and a campus tree-care plan; dedicating annual expenditures for its campus tree program; and hosting an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning project. Across the U.S. there are 344 Tree Campus USA campuses.This is the fourth consecutive year for Huntingdon to earn this recognition.

“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.”

For Huntingdon’s 2017 Arbor Day observation, students were invited to get their hands dirty planting approximately 20 tree seedlings on campus. The seedlings were grown from those given away at Huntingdon’s 2016 Arbor Day event, hosted by Montgomery Trees. As part of Huntingdon’s Big Red Day of Service in August 2017, student volunteers mulched 50 street trees in downtown Montgomery. On other occasions, students mulched street trees that were planted as part of the College’s TC-USA service learning project in 2015. Huntingdon’s Tree Campus USA program is headed by Gabrielle Ehinger, a member of the College’s biology program faculty.

Tree Campus USA, an Arbor Day Foundation program, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. 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. The Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $48 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
Grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, Huntingdon College is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service.

For more information, contact:
Suellen (Su) Ofe
Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
Huntingdon College
1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 833-4515; Cell (334) 324-6591