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UAA recognized as Tree Campus USA for 11th consecutive year

by Michelle Saport  |   

Foliage on UAA's main campus in the fall
Foliage on UAA's main campus in the fall (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

For the 11th year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation honored the University of Alaska Anchorage with the Tree Campus USA recognition for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

With more than 70 different types of trees on the Anchorage campus, some found nowhere else in Alaska, UAA is a natural classroom where people can learn about a variety of tree species and environmental stewardship.

To receive the Tree Campus USA distinction, UAA met five core standards for sustainable campus forestry in 2019: active campus tree advisory committee; implementation of campus tree-care plan; dedicated annual expenditures for campus tree program; Arbor Day observance; and service learning projects for students.

Launched in 2008, the Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for dedication to the campus environment. One of the first few schools to be certified through the program, UAA is now one of more than 400 Tree Campus USA colleges and universities.

In recognizing this year's Tree Campus USA class, Arbor Day Foundation President Dan Lambe wrote, "We know that 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges – but you have shown that your commitment to trees is unwavering. Now more than ever, thank you for contributing to a healthier planet for all of us."

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