For the ninth consecutive year, Stony Brook University has been named a Tree Campus Higher Education Institution. 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.
To obtain this distinction, the university 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.
“We are honored by this distinction from the Arbor Day Foundation as it supports the university’s commitment toward sustainability and recognizes the efforts that our Campus Operations and Maintenance teams put forth each year to maintain the university’s green spaces,” commented Alaina Claeson, horticulturist/landscape coordinator at Stony Brook University. “We are consistently striving to create outdoor spaces that welcome visitors and future Seawolves, provide refuge and comfort to current students, faculty and staff, and provide an oasis for alumni when they return to campus.”
Read more about efforts to preserve green spaces on campus on the Sustainability website.