Campus set to celebrate Arbor Day, Tree Campus award

April 14, 2015

Hundreds of volunteers will be exercising their green thumbs to celebrate Arbor Day and Emporia State earning 2014 Tree Campus USA designation.

Beginning at 1 p.m. April 24 in Union Square, 200 volunteers will spread out across campus to plant trees and perennials.

“We will be adding trees to Highland Street and to the Physical Plant parking lot,” said Blythe Eddy, director of student activities and community service. “We will also be planting perennials up by the William Allen White Library patio, Morse Hall parking lot and other planters around campus.”

The Community Hornets organization has handled the paperwork for both the 2013 and 2014 Tree Campus USA applications.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Emporia State University 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.

The event on April 24 is the third annual observance of Arbor Day on campus and the second consecutive year the campus has received the designation in the Tree Campus USA program.

“Being recognized as a Tree Campus USA recipient allows students to have pride in their campus and see results of their hard work,” said Kristi Gildner, graduate assistant for Community Hornets.

The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $29 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at