Sheridan College Celebrates Five Years as a Tree Campus USA Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                           May 2, 2018

Contact:            Wendy Smith, Assistant Vice President of Strategic Communication (307) 675-0412, wsmith@sheridan.edu

Claire Barnes, Writer/Editor (307) 675-0416, cbarnes@sheridan.edu

  On Friday, May 4 on the Whitney Mall, Sheridan College will celebrate five years of commitment to Tree Campus USA with a State Forestry presentation at 10 a.m., followed by a tree planting. Sheridan College was recently honored with 2017 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management, the fifth year the college has received this distinction. Sheridan College is the only college campus in Wyoming with this title.

The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Sheridan College 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 for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. Currently there are 344 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, 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 us all.”

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $48 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.