Greener & More Sustainable
When it comes to sustainability, officials at Cleveland State Community College do more than talk the talk. They strive to walk the walk. Want some proof? Here are two initiatives CSCC has undertaken that keep Planet Earth breathing a little bit easier.
Level II Arboretum
Ever seen a sign that tells you what kind of tree you’re looking at in a wooded area? The sign was most likely put there because the area you were in was designated an arboretum—“an area with a significant amount of woody vegetation in tree form that is cultivated for educational, scientific or aesthetic purposes.”
Cleveland State Community College’s designation as a Level II Certified Arboretum was made possible when the college’s arboretum became home to 60 different tree species. The certification is awarded by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council.
To achieve Level III Certified status, CSCC’s Arboretum would require more tree species and a guided tour.
To enjoy a breath of fresh air produced by the many trees in Cleveland State’s Arboretum, enter at the parking lot on Adkisson Drive. You’ll be taken by the trees’ beauty and get tree smart at the same time!
Tree Campus USA
Since 2009, the Arbor Day Foundation has acknowledged Cleveland State Community College’s dedication to forestry management by labeling the college a Tree Campus USA. The award is given because of CSCC’s promotion of healthy trees and engagement of students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
Earning the Tree Campus USA status required CSCC to have the following five core standards for sustainable campus forestry in place:
- a tree advisory committee
- a campus tree-care plan
- a dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program
- an Arbor Day observance
- sponsorship of student service-learning projects
As Cleveland State plans to obtain and maintain additional trees and engage more in discussions involving sustainability, CSCC will be a Tree Campus USA for many years to come.