Gwinnett Tech gets Arbor Day award

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For the fourth straight year, the Arbor Day Foundation has named Gwinnett Technical College a 2011 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective community forestry management.

In order to do so, Gwinnett Tech met five core standards required for what is considered sustainable campus forestry: a tree advisory committee, 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.

"Students throughout the country are passionate about sustainability and community improvement, which makes the emphasis on well-maintained and healthy trees so important," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Achieving Tree Campus USA recognition sets an example for other colleges and universities and allows students a chance to give back to both their campus community and the community at large."

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff.

"Our urban forest here at Gwinnett Tech is a valuable and treasured resource for our community and our students," said Gail Zorn, grounds director. "Preserving and protecting this natural resource is a top priority for us."

During 2011, the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota helped campuses throughout the country plant 30,000 trees.

For more information about the program, visit www.arborday.org/treecampususa.