Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Arbor Day Foundation Names Lutheran Theological Seminary A Tree Campus USA University

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) has earned Tree Campus USA recognition for 2010 for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation announced. This is the second year LTSP has been named a Tree Campus USA.

LTSP's Keith Lingenfelter (left) and Andrew DeGothseir
take a break from their work to show the Tree Campus award
Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation and is supported by a grant from Toyota. The dedicated work of LTSP horticulturist and grounds manager Keith Lingenfelter and grounds staff member Andrew DeGothseir is well reflected in the Tree Campus USA designation, along with work by LTSP's Green Team.

“By encouraging its students to plant trees and participate in service that will help the environment, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is making a positive impact on its community that will last for decades,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “One goal of the Tree Campus USA program is to help create healthier communities for its citizens through the planting of trees, and the city of Philadelphia will certainly benefit from the school’s commitment to Tree Campus USA.”

The Lutheran Theological Seminary met the five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. The standards are: establish 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.

The Arbor Day Foundation launched Tree Campus USA in the fall of 2008 by planting trees at nine college campuses throughout the United States. Twenty-nine schools were named a Tree Campus USA in 2008, and in three years the number of schools has more than tripled.

More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at

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Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) - - seeks to educate and form public leaders who are committed to developing and nurturing individual believers and communities of faith for engagement in the world. One of eight seminaries of the 4.5-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (, LTSP awards first professional, such as the Master of Divinity, and advanced-level degrees to present and future church leaders. Almost 500 students study at the seminary. The student body is comprised mostly of Lutherans, but more than 35 percent are from 28 other denominations, including Episcopalian, Baptist, Presbyterian, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Church of God in Christ.

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of more than 1 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

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