W&J Honored by Tree Campus USA for Fourth Consecutive Year

Old Main, Washington & Jefferson College

“It’s become more selective, which is good, because it forces us to work harder to be bigger and better than we were before.” – Associate Professor of Biology Jason Kilgore, Ph.D.

Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) will continue its Arbor Day tradition of environmental excellence.

For the fourth consecutive year, W&J has been honored with the Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. The college was one of only 15 institutions in Pennsylvania, a state with more than 100 two- and four-year higher learning institutions, to receive this honor, part of a national program created in 2008. Currently there are 296 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

In addition to the Tree Campus USA honor, the arboretum was awarded Level I Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum last spring.

“I’m excited to have earned this recognition four years in a row and look forward to subsequent years of this recognition. This includes more plantings on campus, more students getting involved, more of the community getting involved and enhancing the campus arboretum and the campus landscape,” said Associate Professor of Biology Jason Kilgore, Ph.D.

Kilgore noted that it’s become increasingly more difficult to qualify for the designation over the past few years as the Arbor Day Foundation has raised its standards when examining Tree Campus USA submissions.

“It’s become more selective, which is good, because it forces us to work harder to be bigger and better than we were before,” he said.

In honor of the recognition, students in Kilgore’s Plant…

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