Wednesday, August 26, 2020

CVTC Earns Another Tree Campus USA Designation

Eau Claire, WI – Chippewa Valley Technical College has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA for 2019 by the Arbor Day Foundation, the fifth consecutive year the College has earned the designation. The national program honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

“We celebrate your diligence in improving the environment and quality of life at Chippewa Valley Technical College,” Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation, said. “We know that 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges, but you have shown that your commitment to trees is unwavering. Now more than ever, thank you for contributing to a healthier planet for all of us.”

The effort to gain Tree Campus USA recognition for CVTC began in 2015 as an independent study project by now-CVTC graduate Olivia Myers on the encouragement of Landscape, Plant and Turf Management Instructor Susan Frame. Efforts of the Facilities team and groundskeepers are also instrumental in earning the award.

To gain the distinction, CVTC must have a tree plan, a tree advisory committee, and adopt arboriculture practices. In conjunction with The Lower Chippewa Invasive Partnership, CVTC Horticulture students removed invasive species from a wind break area at the West Campus.

“At CVTC, we take every chance we can get to include students on the proper way of planting trees,” said Dustin Peterson, lead groundskeeper. “We also make sure when buying new trees, it falls into the guidelines of our tree plan, and we diversify with every new planting.”

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