April 4, 2012
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A growing number of colleges and universities were named a 2011 Tree Campus
Arbor Day Foundation
, with a total of 148 campuses recognized for their commitment to effective community forestry management.
The number of campuses recognized is up about 30 percent compared to 2010, when 116 were named a Tree Campus
. The complete list of 2011 campuses is available at
The Foundation and Toyota are sponsoring 13 tree planting events throughout the country this spring to acknowledge these accomplishments and give students and staff the opportunity to participate in campus conservation.
, a national program launched in 2008 by the
Foundation, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of environmental stewardship. Tree Campus
is supported by a generous grant from Toyota.
Seven of the tree planting events will be jointly sponsored by AASHE, or the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the remaining six will be co-sponsored by the historically black Greek organizations Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
The first event was held at
"Students throughout the country are passionate about sustainability and community improvement, which makes the emphasis of these leading campuses on well-maintained and healthy trees so important," said
, founder and chief executive of the
Foundation. "We're excited to again plant trees with Toyota on campuses throughout the country, and are delighted to be working with new partners to make it happen."
"At Toyota, we believe in empowering individuals to make our communities cleaner and greener," said
, group vice president of philanthropy for Toyota Motor North America. "We are thrilled that students and staff of diverse backgrounds are coming together to earn Tree Campus
designations and participate in campus tree planting events across the country — protecting our environment and strengthening communities at the same time."
Campus events co-sponsored by AASHE include
University of Illinois at Chicago
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Colorado State University
University of Colorado at Boulder
Virginia Commonwealth University
. Events co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority include
Kentucky State University
and Spelman Colleges, the
University of South Florida
Texas Southern University
Several of the campuses hosting events were recognized as a Tree Campus
for the first time, while others are still working toward the designation.
During 2011, the
Foundation and Toyota helped campuses throughout the country plant 30,000 trees, and Tree Campus
colleges and universities have invested more than
in campus forest management. More information about the Tree Campus
program and a complete list of 2011 campuses is available at
About the Arbor Day Foundation:
Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information can be found on the
Arbor Day Foundation Blog
, or by visiting us on
: Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in
the United States
in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than
, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed over half a billion dollars to philanthropic programs in the U.S. For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit