Northern Arizona University has been awarded for being a 2016 Tree Campus by the Arbor Day Foundation. Recognition is given to colleges and universities for their conservation efforts and management of urban forests.

The Arbor Day Foundation commends campuses committed to engaging staff and students in conservation goals. As a Tree Campus, NAU had to meet several qualifications. Required were a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.

GreenNAU, part of the university’s sustainability program, has a number of events planned for April, which is Earth Month, including a tour of the North Campus Arboretum on Arbor Day, April 28.

Located in the worlds largest ponderosa pine forest, NAU’s campus is surrounded by the natural beauty of the trees around Flagstaff. As a Tree Campus, students and faculty are being recognized for caring for the trees and the forest. This accomplishment reflects on the shared dedication of all of NAU, and is a proud display of their commitment to conserve.

NAU has a commitment to the health of the planet, and caring for the trees in the local area is only one way the campus creates a greener environment. Other initiatives for a green future include the use of reclaimed water, energy efficient architecture and clean air restrictions.