ST. MARY’S CITY, Maryland – St. Mary’s College of Maryland has been recognized as a 2020 Tree Campus Higher Education Institution by the Arbor Day Foundation. Tree Campus Higher Education, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
“It was a team effort that included the hard work of all members of the Arboretum Committee, including Arboretum Intern David McDaniel, Sustainability Specialist Madeleine Beller ’20, our Campus Arborist. Justin Mattingly, our field staff led by Steve Gregory and Director of Facilities Planning Maurice Schlesinger. They each deserve praise and I am extremely proud of the work they have done and the recognition we have received, ”said Thomas Brewer ’05, Head of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability Programs and Committee Chair. of the arboretum.
To achieve this distinction, St. Mary’s College adhered to the five fundamental standards for effective forest management on campus, including the establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a tree maintenance plan on campus. the campus, dedicated annual spending for its on-campus tree program, a celebration of Tree Day, and sponsorship of student service learning projects. St. Mary’s College has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for several years.
Arbor Day Foundation President Dan Lambe said in a letter to the College: “Over the past year, many people have been reminded of the importance of nature to our physical and mental health. The trees on your campus provide places of refuge and reflection for students, staff, faculty and the community. Thank you for your contribution to this work.