La Crosse college receives 2017 Tree Campus USA recognition

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Western Technical College receives a 2017 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

According to a news release, Tree Campus USA, who is celebrating its 10th anniversary, honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”

Western met Tree Campus USA's five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and a student service learning project. Currently there are 344 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

 “In our role as a sustainability leader in the area, Western recognizes the vital resource trees play on our campuses,” said Genevieve Mortenson, Tree Campus USA coordinator at Western. “Not only do they improve air quality and add to our scenic beauty, they help us conserve energy.”

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