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JCC a Tree Campus again

Submitted Photo Jamestown Community College students helped plant trees on campus during last year’s Arbor Day celebration.

The Arbor Day Foundation has designated Jamestown Community College a Tree Campus Higher Education institution for the 11th consecutive year.

Tree Campus Higher Education is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

JCC, the first community college in New York state to earn the Tree Campus designation, met five standards, which include having a tree advisory committee, an Arbor Day observance, and a campus tree care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for a campus tree program, and sponsoring student service learning projects.

JCC was also one of 29 colleges first awarded the Tree Campus designation when the program began in 2008. As of 2019, 402 colleges and universities have achieved the designation.

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of thousands of trees, and Tree Campus Higher Education colleges and universities invested over $55 million in campus forest management last year.

The mission of the Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit conservation and education organization, is to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information can be found at arborday.org.

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