Tree Campus USA is a program administered by the Arbor Day Foundation. It recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their trees, promote student involvement and develop connectivity with the surrounding community through forestry efforts. In 2011, UIC began working toward recognition under this program and in 2012 and 2013, UIC was recognized as a Tree Campus.
To achieve recognition, UIC must meet five standards:
- Campus Tree Advisory Committee
- Campus Tree Care Plan
- Campus Tree Program with Dedicated Annual Expenditures
- Arbor Day Observance
- Service Learning Project
An inventory was completed of UIC’s approximately 5,000 trees in the summer of 2011 using i-Tree, a program developed by the United States Forest Service. i-Tree calculates the benefits of trees, including carbon sequestration, pollutant removal and monetary value. During the fall of 2013, we are updated that data. The entire campus tree inventory and benefit data is available for UIC students and faculty to use.
A campus tree care plan and program with expenditures has been developed to help guide the management of UIC’s campus forest into the future.
We hold Tree Campus USA observances annually and conduct service learning projects where several trees were planted around campus. Future events are posted on this page or the Office of Sustainability events calendar as they become available. If your department, student group, or class is interested in a service learning project or in using the data, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tree Campus USA is a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. To obtain this distinction, University of Illinois at Chicago met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects. The entire campus community should be proud of this sustained commitment to environmental stewardship.