WVC earns Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA title

August 26, 2020

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Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509-682-6436
Joan Qazi, WVC sustainability coordinator, jqazi@wvc.edu

This month, the Arbor Day Foundation recognized Wenatchee Valley College as a 2019 Tree Campus USA. Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

WVC was one of only two community colleges in Eastern Washington to earn this title. WVC earned this recognition by forming a faculty/student/community committee, developing a plan for tree care on the school’s two campus locations, documenting expenditures on campus tree management, holding an Arbor Day event and conducting a service learning project.

WVC’s service learning project was part of the Smithsonian’s “Fossil Atmosphere” project that is being conducted nationwide to collect ginkgo leaves so scientists study how the cells have changed over time by comparing them to fossilized samples. Ginkgo leaves were collected from the ginkgo tree on the Wenatchee campus. The knowledge gained from this work will help climate scientists learn more about CO2 concentration in the atmosphere over time.

WVC plans to earn the title, which will be renamed Tree Campus Higher Education, again next year.

Learn more about sustainability at WVC at wvc.edu/Sustainability. Learn more about Tree Campus Higher Education at arborday.org.


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