Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus Celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day

GEORGETOWN - Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus celebrated Earth Day and Arbor Day on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, with a ceremony that included the planting of 27 trees around the campus. The college plans for this to be the first step in becoming a Tree Campus USA.

According to the Arbor Day Web site, Tree Campus USA is a program run by the Arbor Day Foundation that recognizes when colleges and universities manage campus trees, connect with the community to maintain healthy urban forests and engage the student population through service learning opportunities based on campus and community forestry efforts. In order to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA a college or university must meet five standards that promote healthy trees and student involvement.

Currently Delaware State University is the only Tree Campus USA in Delaware, while St. Mary’s College and the University of Maryland are the only Tree Campus USA sites in Maryland. Virginia Tech University is the only Tree Campus USA in Virginia.

During a ceremony to commemorate the planting, Georgetown Mayor Brian Pettyjohn read a proclamation declaring the week of April 15-21, 2012, Georgetown Arbor Week and April 17, 2012, Georgetown Arbor Day.

For more information on Tree Campus USA, visit www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa. For more information on Earth Day, visit http://www.earthday.org/2012.

Pictured left to right: Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program Director Kyle Hoyd, Georgetown Mayor Brian Pettyjohn, Owens Campus Assistant to the Campus Director Beth Rodier, and Delaware Forest Service’s Urban Forestry Outreach Coordinator Marcia Fox.