MGA's Macon Campus Earns 15th Consecutive Tree Campus USA Designation

Author: Sheron Smith
Posted: Thursday, January 4, 2024 12:00 AM
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Macon, GA


For the 15th consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the Macon Campus of Middle Georgia State University (MGA) as a Tree Campus USA.

Tree Campus USA is a program founded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize colleges and universities that effectively manage trees and engage students in participating in campus beautification and educating them on environmental issues. MGA is one of only two University System of Georgia institutions to be named a Tree Campus USA for at least 15 consecutive years.

"We are proud of our ongoing work to maintain and enhance the beauty of our campuses,” said Tyler Austin, grounds manager for MGA’s Plant Operations department. “It’s gratifying to continue to get this recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation.”

In order to be named a Tree Campus USA, colleges and universities must meet five standards developed to promote healthy trees and student involvement. These five standards are: developing a tree advisory committee; maintaining a campus tree care plan; dedicating annual expenditures for tree care; observing Arbor Day; and involving students through service learning.

A sampling of institutions nationwide recognized in the 2023 Tree Campus USA program are, besides MGA, the University of Georgia, Texas A&M, the University of Michigan, and Yale University.