Monday, February 27, 2017 - 2:45pm

The Arbor Day Foundation has designated JCC as a Tree Campus USA for the eighth consecutive year.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the National Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

JCC, the first community college in New York state to earn the Tree Campus USA designation, achieved the title by meeting five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for all of us.”

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested over $46.7 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at

The mission of the Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit conservation and education organization, is to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information can be found at

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