Project Green: U of L named Tree Campus USA

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by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Updated Monday, May 9 at 5:41 PM

Louisville, Ky (WHAS11) - University of Louisville is well known for its education and sports programs, but now it's being recognized for its trees! 

U of L raised the “Tree Campus USA Flag” at Third Street and Eastern Parkway in celebration of their new designation. They recently earned the official status as a Tree Campus USA, a national designation awarded to colleges and universities practicing good management of urban forests. 

"Most people who visit the campus for the first time are surprised how park-like it is.  For an urban campus it's not covered with concrete. We're really trying to add green space and to protect the trees that we have," said John Chamberlain, Communication and Marketing Assistant at U of L.

U of L has a care plan for the more than 1,100 trees on its 309 acre Belknap Campus and is spending more than $200,000 a year to carry out the plan.  The plan helped the university qualify for the honor of Tree Campus USA by meeting the standards established by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

"We survived ice storms and hurricanes, but we've also tried to implement a strategic plan you know that will preserve the tree and install new trees where it makes sense to," Chamberlain added.

You can appreciate the old trees and the new ones by taking a 1 point 75 mile self-guided tree tour, with markers placed on 60 trees. U of L says it's not just about the beauty of course, trees do so much more, like reducing energy consumption and green house emissions by taking in carbon dioxide, making oxygen and retaining moisture.  The trees moderate the heat of summer and the cold winds of winter, and provide a habitat for wildlife. 
 

For more infomation:  

http://uoflblog.com/tree-tour/ 

http://www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa/standards.cfm

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