VILLANOVA, Pa.—For the fifth consecutive year, Villanova University has been named a Tree Campus Higher Education institution by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Tree Campus Higher Education, launched in 2008, is a national program which honors colleges, universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
“As stewards of Villanova’s beautiful campus, we take great pride in caring for and improving the tree collection on campus so that future generations can continue to enjoy the beauty and shade that we have enjoyed,” said Robert Morro, Vice President for Facilities Management.
Villanova was awarded this designation by meeting five criteria for campus tree management established by the Arbor Day Foundation: maintaining a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
This recognition is part of a Tree Campus family of programs which include Tree Campus K–12 and Tree Campus Healthcare – programs built on the legacy that began with Tree Campus Higher Education.
Visitors to campus are able to embark on a self-guided campus tree tour through the use of the campus tree map, which features 35 unique tree species.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit www.villanova.edu.