Tuesday, February 09, 2010

LTSP named a 2009 Tree Campus USA University

The Arbor Day Foundation has honored The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) as a 2009 Tree Campus USA university for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

LTSP is the second higher education institution in Pennsylvania to be named a Tree Campus USA University.

“The Tree Campus USA program will have a long-lasting impact at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia as it engages seminarians and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for decades to come,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The seminary will benefit from exceptional tree-care practices on campus as it works with tree-care professionals in the community to improve the tree canopy in Philadelphia.”

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities and the leaders of the campus and surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is supported by a grant from Toyota.

LTSP met the required five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. Those standards are: establishing a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.

LTSP Horticulturalist and Grounds Manager Keith Lingenfelter noted, “This honor recognizes one of the important efforts we as a seminary community are making to help preserve and enhance our campus trees and green spaces. I feel privileged to be a part of this process and thank all those involved, especially the Arbor Day Foundation for creating such a wonderful program.”

The Arbor Day Foundation launched Tree Campus USA in the fall of 2008 by planting trees at nine college campuses throughout the United States. More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA. Learn more about the seminary's Green Campus Initiative at www.Ltsp.edu/GreenTeam.

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About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.

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