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Aurora University receives Tree Campus USA recognition from Arbor Day Foundation

Posted by on March 31, 2016

The Arbor Day Foundation has selected Aurora University as a 2015 Tree Campus USA award winner.

Created in 2008, Tree Campus USA is a national award program designed to recognize colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Currently there are 254 college and university campuses across the country with the designation.

“We’re honored to be recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation once again,” said Steve McFarland, vice president at Aurora University. “Not a day goes by without our staff hearing a student, parent or visitor comment on the remarkable beauty of our campus. Our recent addition of an entryway allee, featuring more than 50 Greenspire Linden trees, speaks volumes about our commitment to trees and their special ability to welcome and inspire.”

AU achieved the distinction by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include 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 projects.

About Aurora University
Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning, annually educating approximately 5,000 degree-seeking students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The university has a long tradition of preparing students for lives of service and leadership, and using its resources and expertise to meet the needs of the community. In addition to its main campus and the Orchard Center in Aurora, Illinois, AU offers programs online, at its George Williams College campus in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, and at the Woodstock Center in downtown Woodstock, Illinois. Learn more at

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