The Seattle University campus is home to a large number of venerable trees, many of historical significance linked to Fugitaro Kubota and the Kubota family legacy on the campus grounds. Trees of Seattle University is a self-guided map of some of these iconic trees.
Trees deliver a myriad of positive environmental benefits, including carbon sequestration, absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere, reduction of the heat-island effect, habitat for wildlife, and storm water absorption.
The emotional and spiritual uplift that trees provide has been studied and well documented. In the center of our very urban surroundings, our tree-filled campus is an oasis for the larger community, serving as a park for SU and our neighbors.
The urban forest is a living, dynamic system that needs the continuous care and attention of humankind to be all that for the generations to come. Tree Campus USA, a program of the Arbor Day Foundation, provides an excellent framework for this work. SU Grounds achieved the Tree Campus USA designation in 2017, and will be working to meet the criteria yearly. Read more here.