Tree Campus

  • Banner staked in the lawn area with trees and a brick building in the background. The banner says "Tree Campus Higher Education, An Arbor Day Foundation Program."
  • A crowd of people surrounds three trees on the lawn outside a brick building while one individual speaks to the group.
  • Plaque reading "Tree Campus USA" that has tree logos with years ranging rom 2008 through 2022.
  • Four people stand behind a newly planted tree and shovel dirt into the hole around it.
  • Person operating fork lift moves tree toward a hold while another person observes. A brick building is in the background and grass is surrounding the scene.

Western Michigan University has received the designation Tree Campus Higher Education (formerly Tree Campus USA) from the Arbor Day Foundation each year since 2008. The program honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging their campus community in conservation efforts.

A campus must meet five core standards in order to gain this recognition:

  1. Establishment of a tree advisory committee.
  2. Evidence of a campus tree care plan.
  3. Dedicated annual expenditures for your campus tree program.
  4. An Arbor Day observance.
  5. The sponsorship of student service learning projects.