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FAU Jupiter Named ‘Tree Campus USA’ by Arbor Day Foundation

JUPITER, Fla. (April 19, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter has received Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. Representatives from the Foundation will present FAU with a plaque during a recognition ceremony on Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. at the Robert J. Huckshorn Arboretum, 5353 Parkside Drive, in Jupiter. 

“We are proud of FAU’s dedication to preserving the environment,” said Eliah Watlington, associate provost for FAU’s northern campuses. “Receiving this honor for the third year means a great deal to the University, and especially the Jupiter campus.”

Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges, universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation and is supported by a grant from Toyota. This is the third year the MacArthur Campus has been named with this distinction.

FAU met the five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. The standards include 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.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said John Rosenow, founder and 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 and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested $23 million in campus forest management in 2012.

The MacArthur Campus is home to the Robert J. Huckshorn Arboretum, named in honor of FAU’s vice president emeritus and founder of the campus. The arboretum is planted with Florida native plants, including typical species found in pine flatwoods, tropical hardwood hammocks, mixed hardwood swamps and oak hammock.

The theme of this year’s event is “Go Native…with Florida Native Plants.”  Seedlings of plants attractive to birds and butterflies will be available for free to those who attend.  Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Alana Edwards at 561-799-8462 or .


FAU’s MacArthur Campus in Jupiter offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  The campus is home to the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Lifelong Learning Society, and research facilities of Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute.

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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