University of Maryland Receives 2019 Tree Campus USA Recognition

Published Date
January 29, 2020
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University of Maryland Receives 2019 Tree Campus USA Recognition

University of Maryland was honored with the 2019 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management—an honor that has been bestowed to the UMD Arboretum for twelve consecutive years. The university is one of only 25 institutions nationally who can claim this impressive distinction.

Achieving Tree Campus USA recognition reflects the UMD campus community’s sustained commitment to environmental stewardship. "Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Because of University of Maryland'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 Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. University of Maryland achieved the title 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 project. Currently there are 385 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

In addition to receiving the 2019 Tree Campus USA distinction, the UMD Arboretum has also been named the Professional Grounds Management Society’s 2019 Green Star Grand Award recipient for excellence in grounds management for an urban university—the highest recognition for excellence of landscape management practices in the country—and it was recently honored for achieving a Level IV Accreditation through The Morton Arboretum's Arbnet Accreditation Program. Only 27 other institutions worldwide have achieved this highest level of distinction.

Click here for more information about the University of Maryland’s Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

Photographs of UMD's Award-winning Arboretum

Testudo greets visitors in Van Munching Courtyard, home to the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the School of Public Policy.
The University of Maryland hosts over 40,000 students and close to 100,000 visitors, faculty, and staff. Our entire 1250 acre, College Park campus is an arboretum & botanical garden. Here, our mascot Testudo greets visitors in Van Munching Courtyard, home to the
Robert H. Smith School of Business and the School of Public Policy.

















Mayer Mall
Mayer Mall, which was converted from a large parking lot to multi-use greenspace is a district-wide gathering space and entrance to campus, interconnecting with the other many malls and vistas on south campus.


Hornbake Plaza
Hornbake Plaza is another prominent gathering space on campus. The plaza is surrounded by Koelreuteria paniculata and Gleditsia triacanthos (shown) and includes a commemorative garden dedicated to Frederick Douglass, a Maryland native.
Eppley Meadow
A meadow planted outside of the Eppley Recreation Center provides a burst of color among turfgrass in the spring. 
Community Learning Garden
The slope of this tract of land was largely unused until a grant from the university’s Sustainability Fund and matching funds from Facilities Management created the Community Learning Garden, with demonstration teaching beds, an orchard, sustainable stormwater-sourced irrigation, and plots for campus community members to rent out. Produce grown in the garden is donated to volunteers and the campus pantry.
Green Roof Edward StJohn
The Edward St. John Learning & Teaching Center, a LEED silver certified building, features two green roofs, providing educational opportunities for UMD students and improving campus stormwater management.
M Circle
The M Circle welcomes visitors to campus along the main traffic thoroughfare. The “M” is planted with annuals reflecting our school colors of yellow and red and is surrounded by mature Q. phellos.