The University of Redlands Named Again a “Green College” and “Tree Campus”
On May 5, the University will celebrate its trees and Arbor Day
(April 21, 2011) The University of Redlands has been named for the second year as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada by The Princeton Review and a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
The University of Redlands was selected by the well-known education services company for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition."
Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), "The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges” is the only free, comprehensive guidebook profiling institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation, according to The Review.
The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges that the company polled in 2010 about their school's sustainability initiatives.
Released just before the 41h anniversary of Earth Day, the guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.
"A green campus can transform the college experience for students through enhanced sustainability education and by creating healthy living and learning environments all while saving energy, water and money as part of an institution’s bottom line," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, USGBC.
The University of Redlands has also recently earned Tree Campus USA recognition for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, according to the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation. Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship.
“By encouraging its students to plant trees and participate in service that will help the environment, the University of Redlands is making a positive impact on its community that will last for decades,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.
In order to receive Tree Campus USA status, Redlands met five standards of tree care and community involvement: establishment of a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.
The University’s tree advisory committee includes members from the Students for Environmental Action group, the Community Service Learning office, professors in the Environment Studies and Biology departments, Facilities Management employees, as well a member of the city of Redlands Street Tree Committee.
On Thursday, May 5, the University will observe Arbor Day with a series of educational events, tree plantings and opportunities to explore the century-old trees on campus.
The community is welcome to join students and staff as they celebrate the University’s Tree Campus USA designation as well as the city of Redlands’ recognition as a Tree City at 4 p.m. in front of the University’s Duke Hall.
The afternoon’s events will include:
- planting a live oak in front of Duke Hall to replace a large oak that was uprooted due to recent storms,
- a discussion by University of Redlands senior Kelly Lecko and students of the Roots & Shoots organization explaining the life cycle of a tree as well as the benefits trees provide,
- an opportunity for participants to plant a house plant in a small pot that they will be able to take home,
- a guided tree tour around campus with Jeff McClintock, an experienced grounds keeper at the University and a certified arborist, that will explore the various trees and their benefits to our campus.
Events can be followed on Twitter at Twitter.com/UofRedlands #arborredlands.
Set under a canopy of century-old trees it has committed to protect and maintain, the University of Redlands also produces a majority of its energy, as well as heating and cooling, with its on-site co-generation plant and plants its own sustainable vegetable garden. In the University’s green residence hall, Merriam Hall, students can explore sustainable living. Its newest buildings, the Center for the Arts complex, recently received gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for its environmentally friendly features, and the Lewis Hall for Environmental Studies is a silver LEED-certified green building.