Hofstra has recently been designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Foundation. This is the second year in a row that the University has received this distinction.
Tree Campus USA is a national program honoring colleges and universities that make a commitment to trees on campus and in surrounding communities.
“I am so proud that our beautiful campus has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA,” said Director of Grounds and Landscaping Fred Soviero, who has led the charge for building a greener Hofstra since 1987. “There are many components to our greening program, but an award recognizing the planting of trees is especially satisfying.”
Colleges and universities are required to meet five standards in order to be a Tree Campus. These standards include the establishment or existence of:
- A Campus Tree Advisory Committee
- A Campus Tree Care Plan
- A Campus Tree Program with a Dedicated Budget
- Service Learning Project
- Arbor Day Observance
The first Arbor Day celebration was held at Hofstra on Wednesday, April 25 with the planting of five trees on the South Campus. Photos from the event can be found below:
Hofstra’s 240-acre campus received official recognition as an Arboretum in 1985, with the University’s membership in the prestigious American Public Gardens Association, and is one of only 430 arboreta in the United States. Today, more than 12,000 evergreen and deciduous trees represent 625 species and varieties, and the number is increasing every year.