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LAVC Named a Tree Campus USA for the 8th Year in a Row

Los Angeles Valley College has earned its eighth consecutive Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation, which is the most in California community college history. LAVC is recognized as a leader in promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. To celebrate this 2018 Tree Campus USA® achievement, students, faculty and staff are invited to the Arbor Day Celebration on April 24 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the LAVC Student Union Plaza. This event features an award ceremony, student writing contest, tree planting, a scavenger hunt, and light refreshments.

LAVC Named a Tree Campus USA for the 8th Year in a Row

The Arbor Day Foundation has awarded Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) with a 2018 Tree Campus USA® recognition for the college's commitment to effective urban forest management.

The Tree Campus USA® program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. LAVC met the Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.

"Los Angeles Valley College is honored to be recognized as Tree Campus USA® for the eighth year in the row," said Dr. Denise Noldon, interim LAVC president. "LAVC is proud to have the most number of Tree Campus USA® recognitions in California community college history. We thank the Arbor Day Foundation for recognizing our efforts to celebrate and maintain our beautiful urban forest, and will continue to inspire a sense of conservation and sustainability with our students, faculty and staff."

Established by college's founding Biology faculty, LAVC has mixture of over 1,600 trees and plants that not only serves as an educational tool, but inspires a college-wide commitment to sustainability. The college established a Urban Forest Master Plan in 2010, which set a path for Valley College to apply to be a Tree Campus USA®. In 2012, LAVC was the first and only California community college campus, and the first institution of higher learning in the city of Los Angeles to receive a Tree Campus USA® designation. 

Today, LAVC is proud to be known as the first community college in California to be a Tree Campus USA®. This year, marks the eighth time that LAVC's Urban Forest has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation.

To celebrate this achievement, LAVC will be holding an Arbor Day Celebration on Wednesday, April 24 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Union Plaza. This event features an award ceremony, student writing contest, tree planting, a scavenger hunt, and light refreshments. In addition, the event coincides with the LAVC Associated Student Union's (ASU) Earth Day-themed Club Day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Union Plaza.

"Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Because of your school’s participation air will be purer, water cleaner and your students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.”

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year. Currently, there are 364 campuses across the United States with this recognition. 

 

Image: Students, faculty and staff gather for a tree planting on campus at LAVC's annual Arbor Day Celebration. (Photo by the LAVC Public Relations Office)

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 4/1/2019 5:00:05 PM