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Tennessee Wesleyan recognized as 2015 Tree Campus USA


Tennessee Wesleyan has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a 2015 Tree Campus USA. This is the third year in a row Tennessee Wesleyan has received this honor. Tree Campus USA honors campuses around the nation for promoting conservation efforts and tree maintenance on campus.

“We are excited to receive the honor of being named a Tree Campus USA for the third year in a row,” Tennessee Wesleyan President Harley Knowles said. “Environmental sustainability is an important tenet of our strategic plan, and we take pride in planting and maintaining trees and other foliage around campus to beautify and enhance Tennessee Wesleyan and the city of Athens.”

Tree Campus USA honors colleges and universities around the nation for engaging conservation goals and effective campus forest management. Tennessee Wesleyan met Tree Campus USA’s five standards of maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual budget for the campus tree program, an Arbor Day celebration and a student service-learning project. Tennessee Wesleyan is one of six college and university campuses in Tennessee and 254 in the United States to receive this recognition.

“TWC, like the City of Athens, recognizes the importance of being good stewards to our urban forests,” TWC Director of Physical Plant Services Mike Ingram said. “The Tree Committee of Tennessee Wesleyan believes that we have a responsibility to future generations to care for and improve our environment. Trees are a simple way that not just TWC but most anyone can change the world for the better.”