Monday, March 11, 2013

LTSP Named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.


The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) is a Tree Campus USA for the fourth year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation announced in early March.
The Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel and William Allen Plaza

 Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Toyota helped launch the program and continues its generous financial support this year.

LTSP achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.

The Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel with Center City Philadelphia
in the background
“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for all of us.”

“Toyota is so proud to support a program that we believe has a tremendous impact on both reducing the environmental footprint of a college campus and inspiring college students to become the conservation leaders of the future,” said Patricia Salas Pineda, group vice president of National Philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation.

The Bartlett Chestnut
receiving its annual
maintenance.
LTSP's campus has been noted by the US Forest Service for its density and collection of trees. The campus houses a rare "Bartlett Chestnut," which is maintained by the Bartlett Company as an example of the specimen. Other specimen trees were brought to campus over the years by seminarians and alumni, and others are maintained in memory of people important to the school and its graduates and friends.

The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested $23 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

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About LTSP: Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) - www.Ltsp.edu - 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. The seminary, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2014, is one of eight seminaries of the 4-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.ELCA.org), LTSP awards first professional, such as the Master of Divinity, and advanced-level degrees to present and future church leaders. 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 and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org, or by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter or our blog.

About Toyota: Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates   10 manufacturing plants.  Toyota directly employs over 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $600 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S. 

For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit toyota.com/philanthropy.  

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