NEOMED has earned the distinction of Tree Campus USA status, an Arbor Day Foundation program that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
To obtain this distinction, NEOMED met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA:
- establishment of a tree advisory committee
- a campus tree-care plan
- dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program
- an Arbor Day observance
- the sponsorship of student service-learning projects
NEOMED’s Tree Advisory Committee is composed of students, faculty and staff from both NEOMED and Bio-Med Science Academy. The Committee meets regularly to discuss various service projects throughout the year, including providing free tree seedlings to the public on Arbor Day.
– Submitted by Dale Hluch, director of campus operations and chair of the Tree Advisory Committee