With Earth Day just a few weeks away, Trine is happy to celebrate being named a Tree Campus for the 2017 school year.

This award, presented by the Arbor Day Foundation, recognizes schools that are engaged in forest conservation. There are five standards schools must meet to be recognized as a Tree Campus: schools must have a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, an established budget for tree program expenses, Arbor Day observance and a student service learning project. Over 300 campuses across the country have received this award.

Trine HAC’s own Brandy DePriest claims that the grounds crew and tree advisory committee played a major role in working toward this recognition. “Without their hard work and dedication to fostering a natural environment on campus, this designation wouldn’t be possible.” DePriest serves as the faculty advisor for Trine’s SPEAK for the Earth student organization and as the director for Trine’s Environmental and Community Outreach Center.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to educate and promote forest conservation. The foundation also recognizes Tree Cities. Angola has been recognized as a Tree City for the past 29 years.

For more information about the organization and conservation, visit https://www.arborday.org/.

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Fernando Bauzo is a Communication major.