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JCC Designated 2016 Tree Campus USA®


Jefferson Community College (JCC) was honored with 2016 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Initially recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation with Tree Campus USA designation in 2012, Jefferson is committed to developing and adhering to a tree care plan that assures the proper planning, planting and maintenance of trees on campus.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”

Bruce F. Alexander, director of administrative services at JCC says, “The JCC Evergreen Committee is very active in the campus tree care management. Our goal is to ensure that there is a long-term plan in place to keep attractive plantings and attractive green spaces available for the future.”

Launched in 2008, Tree Campus USA is a national program of the Arbor Day Foundation created to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Jefferson Community College achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards - 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. Currently there are 296 campus across the United States with this recognition.

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $46.7 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at