Richland College has recently been designated as a Tree Campus USA College by the Arbor Day Foundation. This designation recognizes college and university campuses that effectively maintain campus trees, connect with the community to foster healthy urban forests and strive to engage their students in service learning forestry projects.
There are many benefits to being a Tree Campus USA College. A commitment to trees can greatly reduce the amount of energy the campus needs to generate; planting and maintaining trees on campus reduces carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; and green spaces give students and faculty a place to relax with others. The Tree College USA program helps colleges and universities establish and sustain healthy community forests.
“We in facilities services are extremely excited that Richland College has been presented the designation of Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation,” said Ken Dunson, facilities director at Richland College. “With Richland College’s history of participation in Arbor Day events, the practice of honoring 20-year employees by designating existing trees on campus with their name plaques beneath them, the annual practice of planting new trees and the time and care our landscaping services professionals spend with all trees on campus, it was only natural we apply for this great honor. We are pleased to be chosen and will devote the resources and energy necessary to maintain this distinguished designation.”
Richland College had to meet five qualifications to be recognized as a national Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA College. These standards are: establishing a campus tree advisory committee, giving evidence of a campus tree care plan, verifying dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree plan, hosting an Arbor Day event and implementing a service learning project that is designed to engage students.
Texas has the most Tree Campus USA schools in the nation. Other Dallas Community College District colleges have made this distinguished list in previous years, including Brookhaven College, Eastfield College, North Lake College and Mountain View College.
Tree Campus USA is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and administered locally by the Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS). The Arbor Day Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and education organization. It has one million members, donors and partners who support its programs to make the world greener and healthier.
Since 1915, TFS has been protecting and sustaining forests, trees and other natural resources. The organization also offers programs and services to help others make the most of their land for future generations.
For more information about the Arbor Day Foundation, visit arborday.org. For more information about the Texas A&M Forest Service, visit tfsweb.tamu.edu.
Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District is now accepting entries for its juried art show, “Water: More or Less,” which opens Jan. 30. The juried exhibition focuses on the role of water and sustainability within the environment. Entries are due by Sat., Dec. 5. Download prospectus.
All artists who apply must live in Texas or bordering states including Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Arkansas. All media will be accepted but must not weigh over 30 lbs. The entry fee is $15. For more details on eligibility and application instructions, visit www.callforentry.org.
New York City artist Paul Villinksi will be the juror for this show and $1,500 in awards will be given. His inventive use of recycled materials and found objects captivates viewers by revealing the creative potential dormant in the ordinary. Villinksi’s “Emergency Response Studio,” a repurposed FEMA trailer, utilizes green methods of construction to confront topics of local responsibility and art within the community.
“Water: More or Less” was developed in conjunction with the Art, Science and Sustainable Community Symposium hosted by Richland College on Jan. 30. Acceptance notifications will be distributed on Dec. 20. Accepted works must delivered to Richland College by Jan. 15 and will be featured in a commemorative catalog.
For more information, contact gallery coordinator Ryder Richards at email@example.com or 972-238-6339 or visit http://www.richlandcollege.edu/artandscience/water.