Tree Campus USA is a program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation. The program recognizes colleges and universities that manage their campus trees, connect with the community to foster healthy, urban forests, and engage students in service learning that supports forestry efforts. UL Lafayette earned its seventh consecutive title in 2015.
To become a Tree Campus USA college, the institution must meet five standards:
- Establish a campus tree advisory committee
- Create a campus tree care plan
- Dedicate annual expenditures to the campus tree program
- Hold an Arbor Day observance
- Provide service learning projects for students
In the spring of 2010, students, faculty, and administration gathered for the university’s Campus Clean-Up day and planted an additional 43 trees to commemorate UL Lafayette’s installment as a Tree Campus USA member. In 2013, students and staff planted 20 more trees as part of the Arbor Day celebration. Within a year of receiving the Tree Campus USA designation, the University planted over 700 trees on campus and around the city of Lafayette to show its dedication to sustainability and honor our rich history of the Century Oaks.