The Arbor Day Foundation has designated Rice University as a “Tree Campus USA” for taking exemplary care of its more than 4,600 trees.
The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities that use sustainable practices and engage students in tree-planting and conservation initiatives. More than 100 conservation-minded higher education institutions received this honor for 2013, and Rice is one of nine colleges and universities in Texas on the list.
To earn the Tree Campus USA recognition, a school must have five core standards of tree care and community engagement: a campus tree advisory committee; a campus tree-care plan; dedicated annual expenditures for the campus tree-care plan; an Arbor Day observance; and a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.
For more information about the Tree Campus USA program, visit arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.