For the seventh consecutive year, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been honored with The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA designation for their leadership in promoting healthy trees and engaging campus in the spirit of conservation.
To earn this distinction, the Colleges met five core standards required by Tree Campus USA, including maintaining a tree advisory committee and tree-care plan with dedicated annual expenditures for the program. The Colleges also supported a city-wide Arbor Day observance event on William Street with local school children learning about trees taught by two student EcoReps; planting two trees; and obtaining free saplings to take home. Service-learning projects in 2018 included student volunteers assisting with the establishment of an edible forest at Geneva Peeps on State Street and a volunteer maple sugaring project at HWS Fribolin Farm, led by Farm Intern Hannah Wood ’18
As one of 364 campuses across the country, HWS received the recognition that, combined with other colleges and universities, invested more than $51 million in campus forest management in 2018. Arbor Day Foundation Program Coordinator Lauren Weyers states, “HWS’ diligence in improving the environment and quality of life at Hobart and William Smith Colleges contributes to a healthier, more sustainable world for us all.”
“Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” says Arbor Day Foundation President Dan Lambe. “Because of [Hobart and William Smith Colleges] participation air will be purer, water cleaner and your students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.”
“With support bridged between multiple academic departments and other campus offices, we are able to grow our community around our urban forest. We are looking forward to Arbor Day on April 26 where HWS students will assist with the City of Geneva and Geneva City School District annual tree planting again,” Meyer says.
More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA