Tree Campus USA

Cornell has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA every year since 2009 ...

Arbor Day Planting on the Ag Quad
Arbor Day Planting on the Ag Quad

Cornell University has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA every year since 2009 for effectively managing our campus trees to foster healthy urban forests, and engaging our students in service-learning forestry projects.

The Arbor Day Foundation initiated the Tree Campus USA program in 2009 to recognize universities that effectively manage their campus trees in coordination with the surrounding community, engage their students in service-learning forestry projects, and provide outreach on the value of trees and urban forests through programs such as Arbor Day celebrations. Annual work programs and submittals for recertification are developed by the Campus Tree Advisory Committee with membership from faculty, students, facility staff and the Town and City of Ithaca. The university’s Campus Tree Care Plan is implemented through regular funding through the Grounds Department and Cornell Plantations and project-specific funding from the university’s capital project funds. An annual Arbor Day Observance and Student Service Learning Project are conducted in late April with the support of faculty and students from the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture departments. Past service learning projects include the design and planting of the ILR Lower Courtyard, Mann Library entry garden and courtyard, Kennedy-Roberts plaza, Malott terrace and Plant Science perimeter and courtyards.

Mann Library Entry Garden – designed and installed as a student service learning project – is one of the first projects certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative in 2012
Mann Library Entry Garden – designed and installed as a student service learning project – is one of the first projects certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative in 2012