REDLANDS, California — April 21, 2020 — The University of Redlands, a private liberal arts university in Southern California, has received the 2019 Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management and engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
“Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their students but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Because of the University of Redlands’s participation, air will be purer, water cleaner, and your students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.”
The University, which boasts more than 3,000 trees on its beautiful Redlands main campus, earned the recognition by meeting the Tree Campus USA’s five standards—maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.
Arbor Day was celebrated this year when the University’s Homecoming Court joined students from Community Service Learning (CSL) to plant three trees — an Anna apple, Mexican lime, and fig — in the Sustainable University of Redlands Farm, known as SURF.
“Students who work on SURF and with the trees on campus develop an understanding of what to plant that is beneficial for shade and produce,” said Eric Tengler, community service learning coordinator for outreach and sustainable gardening at Redlands. Students also learn about irrigation and maintenance, Tengler said, and many alumni return to Redlands with stories of how the experience benefitted them in the homes and careers.
“It’s an honor to be recognized with the Tree Campus USA designation,” said Roger Cellini, director of facilities management at the University of Redlands. “The University takes great pride in the more than 3,000 trees on our 160-acre campus, an urban forest that provides numerous benefits to the environment and creates shade and green spaces for the campus community.”
About University of Redlands
The University of Redlands is a private, nonprofit university that connects students to a world of opportunity, geared toward their passions and potential. With campuses across California, the University offers more than 55 undergraduate programs, as well as 26 graduate programs in business, education, theology, communication sciences and disorders, geographic information systems, and music—blending liberal arts and professional programs, applied and theoretical study, traditional majors and self-designed curricula. In addition to an award-winning 160-acre Southern California residential campus in Redlands featuring orange groves, architectural landmarks, and more than 3,000 trees, the University includes seven regional locations, providing innovative, high-quality programs at places and times that support the needs of working professionals. Surveys show that generations of alumni have found that the University, established in 1907, prepared them well for career success and lifelong learning. See redlands.edu.