For the second year in a row, Tulane University has been named a Tree Campus USA university by the Arbor Day Foundation. The foundation chose Tulane for meeting five standards: having a campus tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, a dedicated annual budget for the campus tree-care plan, student service-learning projects related to tree care, and Arbor Day observance. Students celebrated the honor last month by planting 45 trees, including persimmon, honey locust, fig, satsuma, kumquat, pomegranate and pawpaw, on green spaces throughout the Uptown campus.
Launched in 2008, the Tree Campus USA program recognizes universities for engaging communities in environmental stewardship and urban forestry. The program also promotes the role of green spaces in communities through its Tree City USA and Tree Line USA awards, which urge community leaders and power companies, respectively, to develop citywide green space and maintain urban forests. — Alex Woodward