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Arbor Day Foundation Honors NKU with Tree Campus USA® Recognition


March 5, 2020— Northern Kentucky University has once again been recognized as Tree Campus USA®. For the 11th-straight year, the Arbor Day Foundation celebrated NKU for its commitment to engaging staff and students in conservation goals and effective campus forest management.

"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 Northern Kentucky University's participation air will be purer, water cleaner and your students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.”

Tree Campus USA® reviews five standards when evaluating institutions: establishing a campus tree-care plan, maintaining a tree advisory committee, dedicating annual expenditures for its campus tree program and holding an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. Three hundred eighty fives institutions around the country were honored for their urban forest management efforts.

NKU has implemented many sustainability efforts across campus, including establishing an on-campus community garden, providing alternative transportation methods and creating ‘no mow’ zones to return areas of campus back to its natural state. In November, NKU became the first organization in Kentucky to join the Cincinnati 2030 District—an international network of cities developing a new model for urban sustainability.

For more information about sustainability initiatives at NKU, visit here.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit