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MACON/ATLANTA – Mercer University is one of 392 institutions across the U.S. to receive 2020 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for commitment to effective urban forest management.

Tree Campus Higher Education, 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 in the spirit of conservation

Mercer earned this recognition by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five core standards, 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.

“Over the past year, many have been reminded of the importance of nature to our physical and mental health. Your campus trees provide spaces of refuge and reflection to students, staff, faculty and the community,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation.

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees. Tree Campus USA colleges and universities collectively planted 26,562 trees and engaged 30,693 students in 2020.

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.

Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​