Tree Campus USA

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Please join us for a special event to celebrate Cal Poly's Tree Campus USA designation.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 11:00 a.m.
Warren G. Baker Center for Science Green.
Located between Building 25 Faculty Offices East & Building 180 Center for Science.
Please join us for a tree planting ceremony and tree tour celebrating Arbor Day and Cal Poly's recognition as a Tree Campus USA.
Light refreshments will be served.


  • 11:00 - 11:05 -- Introduction ~ Professor Matt Ritter, Cal Poly Conservatory Director
  • 11:05 - 11:15 -- Welcome from Provost Kathleen Enz Finken
  • 11:15 - 11:25 -- Tree Planting Ceremony ~ President Jeffrey D. Armstrong, Provost Kathleen Enz Finken,
    Vice President for Administration & Finance Cynthia Vizcaíno Villa,
    and Associate Vice President for Facilities Juanita Holler
  • 11:25 - 11:35 -- Presentation of Tree Campus USA Award from John Melvin, Cal Fire State Urban Forester,
    to President Armstrong
  • 11:35 - 11:45 -- Comments from President Armstrong
  • 11:45 – 12:00 -- Refreshments
  • 12:00 - 1:00 -- Campus Tree Tour ~ Professor Matt Ritter, Cal Poly Conservatory Director

Check out our student tree projects on Instagram at #cptrees

2014 Tree Campus USA® Recognition Press Release

Arbor Day Foundation Honors California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with 2014 Tree Campus USA® Recognition

Nebraska City, Neb. March, 3 2015 – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo was honored with 2014 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA's five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.

"Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment," said Matt Harris, 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 us all."

"Toyota is so proud to support a program that we believe has a great impact on both reducing the environmental footprint of a college campus and inspiring college students to become conservation leaders," said Latrondra Newton, chief corporate social responsibility officer for Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $29 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at

About the Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at

About Toyota

Toyota, the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we've built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ nearly 40,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.3 million cars and trucks in 2012 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today. Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company's extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. To date, Toyota has contributed $700 million to nonprofits in the U.S. For more information about Toyota, visit