East Georgia State College was recently recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
To obtain this distinction, EGSC has met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
“The recognition of EGSC as a Tree Campus USA crowned the outstanding work accomplished by the members of the Campus Tree Advisory Committee during 2017,” added Dr. David Chevalier, head of the Campus Tree Advisory Committee and Chair of the Biology Department. “This designation is part of a long term and campus wide effort to increase environmental awareness on campus.”
EGSC joins 19 other colleges and universities in Georgia and over 300 in the nation to help combat issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being and energy use through the care and management of their campus tree populations.
Pictured are Campus Tree Advisory Committee members EGSC student Bethaney Fortner, MMGYSTC Coordinator Erin Youmans, Regional Specialist with the Georgia Forestry Commission Mark McClellan, EGSC Dean of the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Dr. Jimmy Wedincamp, Dr. Chevalier, community member Helen Center, EGSC President Dr. Bob Boehmer, EGSC Associate Professor Dr. John Cadle and Director of the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center Jean Schwabe. Not pictured is EGSC Communications Coordinator Katelyn Moore and Director of Plant Operations David Steptoe.