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LAVC Named a 2015 Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation has named LAVC as a 2015 Tree Campus USA® for its effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. This is the fifth year that the college has been honored with the designation. Since 2011, LAVC has held the unique distinction of being the first and only California community college to be a Tree Campus USA®.

LAVC Named a 2015 Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation

Los Angeles Valley College was honored with 2015 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

“Los Angeles Valley College is very proud to be named as a Tree Campus USA® for the fifth year in a row,” said Dr. Erika Endrijonas, president of Los Angeles Valley College. “We thank the Arbor Day Foundation for recognizing our efforts to maintain our beautiful urban forest.”

Since 2011, LAVC has held the unique distinction of being the first and only California community college to be a Tree Campus USA®. In addition, Valley College was the first college campus in the city of Los Angeles to be bestowed this honorable designation in 2011.

Los Angeles Valley College achieved the Tree Campus USA® designation by meeting the required five core standards for sustainable campus forestry: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.

LAVC’s urban forest was established by early faculty members of the college’s Biology department. Comprised of more than 1,600 of trees, LAVC has a diverse mixture of trees and plants that not only serves as an educational tool, but helps to inspire a college-wide commitment to sustainability. In addition, the college developed a Tree Master Plan to use as a guidebook for the future growth of its urban forest. The LAVC Tree Master Plan is available online at http://www.lavc.edu/revitalizingvalley/urbanforest.html

Tree Campus USA® is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Currently, there are 254 campuses across the United States with this recognition. More information about the program is available at http://www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

For more information, visit the LAVC Urban Forest Web Page at http://www.lavc.edu/trees/index.aspx.

 

Read the press release.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 3/9/2016 5:00:04 PM