The Arbor Day Foundation recognized the University of Hawaii at Manoa as a 2018 Tree Campus USA® for the campus’ commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 10th year in a row UH Manoa has been selected.
The 320-acre UH Manoa campus, which is an accredited arboretum, has more than 4,000 trees featuring 500 species.
“It’s an honor to be nationally recognized once again by the Arbor Day Foundation,” said Roxanne Adams, UH Manoa director of buildings and grounds. “The Manoa campus is a beautiful place to learn and work. This recognition is a source of great pride to the university’s grounds staff, students and volunteers who spend countless hours planting, maintaining, recording and documenting the attributes of each tree.”
The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
UH Manoa was honored for achieving Tree Campus USA’s five standards—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 364 campuses across the U.S. with this recognition.
“I’ve been on campus for more than 40 years and UH Manoa has never looked better,” said UH President and UH Manoa Interim Chancellor David Lassner. “Our building and grounds team does an amazing job, and the entire university takes great pride in caring for our thousands of trees and in the continuing improvements in our environmental stewardship across the campus.”
“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.
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.
More information about the program is available at the Arbor Day Foundation website.