Calhoun to Host Arbor Day Event This Week


Featured speaker will be Doug Phillips, Emmy award winning host of Discovering Alabama series

As part of its application to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA College by the Arbor Day Foundation, Calhoun Community College will host an Arbor Day Celebration this Wednesday, April 16, 2014, on the Decatur campus.  The event will begin at 11:00 am near the pavilion in the green space between the library and gymnasium. 

Special guest speaker for the event will be Dr. Doug Phillips, Emmy award winning host of Discovering Alabama, the documentary series about the rich natural history and heritage of Alabama.  Phillips will discuss the importance of trees to the environment.

“As a college that actively promotes green-technology and protecting our environment, we are excited with this opportunity to become a Tree Campus USA College,” commented Calhoun President Marilyn Beck.

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation with generous support from Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in environmental stewardship.

Tree Campus USA recognition is awarded to colleges and universities that meet five core standards for sustainable campus forestry: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures to their campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.

All of these standards have the ultimate goals of reducing the footprint of college campuses and inspiring a lifelong passion for protecting the environment in today's college students.

“Participation in Tree Campus USA is a terrific opportunity for service-oriented and environmentally-conscious students," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of Arbor Day Foundation.

Calhoun’s Arbor Day event is free and open to the community.  Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be served immediately after the program.

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