By Andrea Clifton—UTC recently was awarded the prestigious Tree Campus USA recognition for their dedication and maintenance of over 2000 trees and plants on campus grounds.
Tree Campus USA is a program awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota that recognizes college and university campuses who uphold a high degree of environmental responsibility on their campus by providing green space and plenty of plants and trees.
UTC blog interviewed Lisa Darger, UTC Sustainability Coordinator, who said, “The heritage of the
UTC urban forest includes trees that pre-date the campus. The oldest tress may be more than 100 years old. Within the 120-acre campus, there are nearly 2,000 trees and woody plants represented by more than 60 species.”
She also went on to explain the importance of the university’s commitment to a well planned campus tree care maintenance schedule, implemented by the seven UTC Grounds Crew members.
“This document carefully outlines the policies and procedures to protect and maintain the campus urban forest, provide green space, manage tree maintenance and removal, and minimize the impact on development and construction on campus trees,” she said.
Students find the multitude of trees and plants welcoming, especially on their first trip to campus.
“I specifically remember all the old trees on campus when I came for orientation,” Elizabeth Wilson, Red Bank Senior, said. “Now whenever I am walking to class there is always something new to see depending on the season around campus.”
Darger also believes the campus plants benefit recruiting and retention efforts, since the well-kept grounds and natural setting make the campus more peaceful.