Georgia Gwinnett College earns Tree Campus USA recognition

Trees and the GGC arch

Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) has been recognized as a 2019 Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

The program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

GGC achieved the title by meeting 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 student service-learning project. Currently there are 385 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

The Arbor Day Foundation touts several benefits of institutions with Tree Campus USA designations. Those include a potential reduction of energy that an institution needs to generate, reduced carbon dioxide output when trees are planted and maintained and the presence of healthy green spaces where visitors can enjoy the outdoors.

Tree Campus USA is managed by the Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

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