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Penn College’s ‘Tree Campus USA’ designation renewed

PHOTO PROVIDED Observing Penn College’s repeat Tree Campus USA designation amid examples of healthy campus greenery are, from left, Don J. Luke, director of facilities operations; Eric C. Easton, forestry instructor; Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture; Andrea L. Mull, General Services horticulturist/grounds and motor pool manager; and Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

WILLIAMSPORT — For the fourth year in a row, Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with Tree Campus USA recognition for establishing and sustaining healthy community forests.

The national program was created a dozen years ago by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor educational institutions for helping to foster the next generation of environmental stewards.

Penn College – through the collaborative effort among its forestry, horticulture and General Services departments – earned the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, developed to promote healthy trees and student engagement: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan and earmarked yearly expenditures for that program, an Arbor Day observance, and a student service-learning project.

“Our campuses are made beautiful by people who care about trees. It is wonderful to give tours to prospective students and parents; many of them comment on how amazing our landscaping and trees are,” said Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies. “This recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation is something to be proud of.”

More than 360 campuses across the country have been so recognized – 18 of them in Pennsylvania.

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant more than 35,000 trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management during the past year. More about the program is available at www.arborday.org.

To learn about about forest technology and landscape/horticulture technology majors, visit www.pct.edu/tnrt or call 570-327-4516.

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