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Tree-mendous Honor

Written by Tree Campus USA and SU

January 29, 2020

SU’s trees are recognized by Arbor Day Foundation

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Seattle University has been honored with 2019 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. 

"Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Because of Seattle University's participation air will be purer, water cleaner and your students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.” 

The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Seattle University achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. Currently there are 385 campuses across the United States with this recognition. 

SU’s 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.  

“I am excited for the opportunities for the university and grounds to engage students in leading activities focused on campus trees,” said Shannon Britton, Seattle University’s grounds and landscaping manager. “Students planting trees on campus raises awareness to the importance of trees as integral to healthy communities.”

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year. This work directly supports the Arbor Day Foundation’s Time for Trees initiative — an unprecedented effort to plant 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspire 5 million tree planters by 2022. Last year, Tree Campus USA schools have collectively planted 34,515 trees and engaged 33,432 tree planters — helping us work toward these critical goals.

More information about the program is available at

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