Agnes Scott Named a Tree Campus USA

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Agnes Scott College, with a canopy of more than 2,000 trees, has been named a Tree Campus USA.

Agnes Scott students sit under the shade of treesTree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Agnes Scott 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 toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.

 "Agnes Scott has valued the importance of both care and planting of trees for a long time so it's wonderful to receive this official recognition our efforts," said Susan Kidd, director of sustainability at Agnes Scott. "The Tree Campus USA designation also provides guidance and support for the college to expand its tree conservation efforts in the coming years."

Agnes Scott has an Arboretum Advisory Committee, made up of students, faculty, staff and community members, to oversee and plan care for the campus' many trees. The college also works frequently with Trees Atlanta on campus and surrounding community projects.

In addition, Agnes Scott has an unusual arboretum tour of more than 40 featured campus trees that includes a website, as well as tree plaques with QR codes. Unlike typical arboretums with basic scientific information, Agnes Scott's arboretum guides visitors to featured trees, sharing historic, scientific and cultural information as well as stories about the trees. "It is a multidisciplinary arboretum guide that connects with the college's liberal arts curriculum," said Kidd.

Tree Campus USA is a partnership between Toyota and The Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.