News Release, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary’s College of Maryland has been honored with 2018 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

“This was a team effort that included hard work from our arboretum intern Sam Berenschot-Bucciero ’19, the sustainability fellow Kaitlin Aaby ’18, our campus arborist Justin Mattingly, our grounds staff led by Steve Gregory, Professor Jon Linn for his help with mapping, and the rest of the arboretum committee. Each of these individuals was imperative in the process of reestablishing the St. Mary’s Arboretum Association here on campus, and they each deserve praise.  I am extremely proud of the work they have done and the recognition that we have received, and I look forward to continued progress being made,” said Thomas Brewer ’05, manager of environmental health, safety, and sustainability programs at St. Mary’s College.

St. Mary’s College has been recognized by Tree Campus USA for multiple years. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. St. Mary’s College achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five core standards for an effective campus management, which includes 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 service-learning projects.

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