WWU again named Tree Campus USA

William Woods University is a Tree Campus USA for
the third year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation has announced. In 2010, WWU was the first university in
Missouri to achieve this status.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and
education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire
people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.
Tree 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. Toyota helped launch the
program and continues its generous financial support this year.
William Woods 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 toward trees,
an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.
“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become
better stewards of the environment,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief
executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a
fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a
healthier planet for all of us.”
At William Woods, there is a student organization
specifically geared toward this goal.
Knowing the Woods is active on campus,
participating in the Campus Tree Care Committee, helping to ensure that the
university’s trees are cared for in the best possible manner.

Each year since 2009, the club partakes in Arbor
Day celebrations, working with gracious donors to plant new trees on campus,
whether in honor of a deceased faculty or staff member, a graduating a class,
or simply to enhance the biodiversity of the Woods.  The club also has collaborated with the
Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).
“The purpose of Tree Campus USA is to combine the
community with the university to promote and educate environmental tree
restoration,” said Kelcie Spradley, club founder, William Woods alumna and
current MBA student. 
The new president, Brittany Lenhart, plans to
continue the tree conservation efforts the club was founded upon, but also take
it in a new direction, encompassing the heritage of William Woods into the
vision of Knowing the Woods. 
“I want Knowing the Woods to be an educational
club that informs our students about the university itself,” Lenhart
stated.  “I am expanding its scope from
the philanthropy and conservation of trees to philanthropy in general and how
the university benefits when our students give back after graduation … and how
much students benefit from our supportive alumni.” 
The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped
campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of thousands of trees, and Tree
Campus USA colleges and universities invested $23 million in campus forest
management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
Trees flourish on the William Woods University campus, which
has been named a Tree Campus USA for the third year in a row.