March 3, 2015- Albany, GA- Albany Technical College, a Tree Campus USA, will celebrate Arbor Day on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, beginning at 10 a.m. on the grounds north of the Nathaniel Cross Health Care Technology Building, by planting a tree. The first 100 attendees to the tree planting will receive dogwood and redbud tree seedlings.

George Paul, Environmental Horticulture instructor at Albany Tech, has selected a live oak, which is the Georgia state tree. The tree will be planted in the large span of grounds between the Center for Excellence in Technology and the Nathaniel Cross Health Care Technology building.

Albany Technical College also celebrates another year of being named a Tree Campus USA. The College has been named Tree Campus USA since 2008 for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors college and universities and the leaders of the campus and surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is supported by a $750,000 grant from Toyota.

Albany Technical College met the required five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. Those standards are establishing a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree- care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.


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