Go Green/U of R Trees

- They tower alongside the buildings on the University of Rochester campus, and for the fourth year in a row, the school's trees are catching national attention. The Arbor Day Foundation has named the U of R a "Tree Campus USA."

"Tree Campus USA is really a testament to the University's commitment to the tree population," said Dan Schied, who manages Horticulture and Grounds for the U of R.

The honor means the school met five standards, all geared towards protecting trees, and teaching students about tree conservation.  "Trees give really a sense to the students of being home, and obviously naturally from a sustainability sentiment.  We think about carbon footprint, and how important they are for our environment," added Schied.

One of the trees that really stands out is a golden raintree.  "At least 10 times a year I see students under that tree and sitting under it playing guitar, so i think they provide a sense of home to our students," said Schied.  

The trees serve as reminders of home…with roots that run deep. 

"In the late 1800's,  Rochester was really a mecca for horticulture in the whole country," Schied added.

The U of R River Campus has 1400 trees with 116 different species.

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