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Lake Land College designated as Tree Campus-USA

May 21, 2014
Lake Land College recently has been designated as a Tree Campus-USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. 
The Tree Campus-USA program recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their campus trees, develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy forests, and strive to engage their student population utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus and community forestry efforts. 
For institutions that are designated with this honor, five standards must be met. First, a campus tree advisory committee comprised of members representing the diverse audience of those with a stake in campus trees must be established and meet regularly. Next, a campus tree care plan must be established; finances must be dedicated for the annual tree care work plan; Arbor Day observances must be held on campus, or in conjunction with the community; and service learning projects must be established as an outreach of the spirit of the Tree Campus USA initiative. 
Lake Land College humanities instructor Tom Caldwell spearheaded this project last year and has been working with students and community members to achieve the designation. 
“Trees are some of the most important natural resources we have,” explained Caldwell. “Whether you use a tree for shading your home, as a food source, or as a landscaping focal point, good tree care is essential.” 
To earn the Tree Campus-USA designation, Caldwell has led a variety of projects. These projects include removing invasive tree species and replacing them with native Illinois trees; working with students on service learning projects; and enhancing certain landscapes on campus to create wind barriers, which help to reduce energy costs.
“Specifically, our goal is to raise awareness of sustainability and the important role trees play in all of our green efforts on the Lake Land College campus,” said Caldwell. 
To learn more about the Tree Campus-USA project at Lake Land, contact Caldwell at (217) 234-5314 or 
Cutline: At left, Paolo Mendez, Collegiate Veterans Alliance vice president, Peoria, and Lake Land College Master Gardener Aron Landsaw, plant a tree on the Lake Land College campus, in honor of Arbor Day. Celebrating Arbor Day is one of the key standards Lake Land meets to be designated as a Tree Campus-USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. 

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