MARCH 2016

SJR State re-certified with Tree Campus USA status

Tree Campus logo For a third consecutive year, St. Johns River State College has received its certification as a Tree Campus USA college.

To obtain this distinction, SJR State met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of 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.

The College first obtained its Tree Campus USA status, granted by the Arbor Day Foundation, in 2014 following more than a year of strategically planned efforts by faculty, staff and students. The College’s projects included preserving healthy, attractive and sustainable wooded vegetation on each campus, as well as conducting educational outreach efforts and service projects.

This year, the college will continue its annual tree dedication ceremony - a unique way to keep the memory of retirees thriving on campus by honoring them with a new, budding tree.

¬†According to SJR State Executive Vice President Melissa Miller, the benefits of planting the trees are infinite. “The trees not only serve as recognition of dedicated members of the SJR State family, they will beautify our campuses and provide enjoyment for future generations,” Miller said.

Tree seedlings were also distributed during the annual spring frolics events.