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WilliamWoods University
Volume 1, Issue 6
March 4, 2011
See Tree on page 3
William Woods University—known to students and alumni
as “The Woods”—has been chosen for Tree Campus USA
status for 2010. It is the first year a college or university in
Missouri has received such designation.
The program, established in 2008, is designed to award
national recognition to college campuses for promoting
healthy forest management and engaging the campus
community in environmental stewardship.
“We are pleased that William Woods has achieved this
honor,” Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president, said. “This
is truly an appropriate
designation, considering
the school’s nickname and
the abundance and variety
of trees on our campus.”
The Tree Campus USA
program is an initiative
that sprang from a
partnership between the
Arbor Day Foundation
and Toyota Motor North
America, Inc. to foster the development of the next generation
of tree stewards.
“Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure
in campus landscaping, providing environmental and
economical benefits,” John Rosenow, chief executive of the
Arbor Day Foundation, said in his letter to William Woods.
“Trees … especially on campuses, reduce the heat island
effect caused by pavement and buildings,” he said. “Leaves
filter the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles.
Properly placed trees create a welcoming environment that
makes students, administration and alumni want to be a part
of the campus.”
He added, “We celebrate your diligence in improving the
quality of life for the students and administration of William
Woods University and thank you for creating a healthier,
more sustainable world for us all.”
To be eligible for Tree Campus USA recognition, schools
must meet five core standards of tree care and community
engagement:
• Establish a campus tree
advisory committee
• Evidence of a campus
tree-care plan
• Verification of dedicated
expenditures on the
campus tree-care plan
• Involvement in an Arbor
Day observance
• A service-learning
project aimed at engaging
the student body in sustainable efforts
William Woods University began working toward Tree
Campus USA designation in 2009 when Bill Spradley of Trees,
Forests, Landscapes Inc. in Kirkwood, Mo., arranged for the
donation and planting of more than 50 trees to aid in
campus beautification.
Spradley was moved to make his generous donation in
honor of National Arbor Day because his daughter, Kelcie,
‘The Woods’ Recognized as Tree Campus USA
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