Stony Brook University has been named a Tree Campus USA Higher Education Institution for the 10th consecutive year.
Tree Campus Higher Education, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities, and their leaders, for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
Alaina Claeson, horticulturist and landscape coordinator at Stony Brook University, said, “This tremendous distinction would not be possible without the support of our Campus Operations and Maintenance team who is committed to creating and maintaining green spaces across our campuses. Over the last 10 years, our outdoor spaces have dramatically transformed and evolved as the University continued to take strides towards sustainability and renewability.”
To earn the 2022 distinction, Stony Brook met the five core standards for effective campus forest management, including establishing a tree advisory committee, creating a campus tree care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for that campus tree program, observing Arbor Day, and sponsoring student service learning projects. Over the last 10 years, the university has planted more than 1,200 trees and engaged with hundreds of students who have helped plant and maintain the landscapes across campus during numerous university events.
Read more about Stony Brook’s efforts to preserve green spaces on campus on the Sustainability website.