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Lake Land College instructor champions for Tree Campus USA

Lake Land College humanities instructor Tom Caldwell recently presented information about trees to local arbor enthusiasts at the annual Energy Innovation Conference. 

As part of a special project to designate Lake Land as a Tree Campus-USA, Caldwell designed the session “Tree Care and the World in which We Live” to include topics such as tree selection, invasive species, the psychological benefits of trees, a cost and utility comparison, and tree care.  

“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.” 

Caldwell also discussed his work on campus as he works toward establishing Lake Land as a Tree Campus-USA. The Tree Campus-USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, 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. 

To earn the Tree Campus-USA designation, over the last academic year, 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 

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