Otterbein Earns Tree Campus USA Designation for Second Year

Posted Jun 21, 2019

People often comment on the picturesque nature of Otterbein University’s campus. What many don’t know is that behind the scenes, some very intentional work has been done to make the campus not only beautiful, but also environmentally responsible. Thanks to that work, Otterbein has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the second year.

Otterbein is located in the heart of Westerville, one of the original Tree City USA communities, and Ohio, the nation’s leader in Tree City USA communities.

The Tree Campus USA designation is awarded to two- and four-year accredited colleges and universities that meet or exceed five standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation relating to tree care and stewardship, education and community engagement.

The program recognizes the importance of trees, which help improve air quality and reduce storm runoff, provide food and shelter for local wildlife, shade homes and buildings, and improve privacy and aesthetic improvements when incorporated into commercial and residential landscaping.

“The Tree Campus USA designation is a reflection of the strategic work of Otterbein’s grounds team. We take a holistic approach to maintaining and improving our campus, with sustainability as a high priority,” said Troy Bonte, executive director of facilities management and planning.

While much of the work goes on behind the scenes, Otterbein has hosted public events celebrating Arbor Day, and at Homecoming in September 2017 officials planted a red oak tree and handed out 100 saplings for attendees to plant.