President Bob Staton ’68 was one of four to help plant a maple tree in front of Moorefield House on the PC campus. The ceremonial planting was in honor of the College’s most recent Tree Campus USA recognition.
PC was one of only seven colleges and universities in South Carolina to be named a Tree Campus USA School by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2019. This year marks the fourth consecutive year PC has earned the recognition. The College has earned the distinction five of the last six years.
The Arbor Day Foundation program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
To obtain this distinction, PC has met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA. These standards include:
- the establishment of a tree advisory committee
- evidence of a campus tree-care plan
- dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program
- an Arbor Day observance
- sponsorship of student service-learning projects
Director of Annual Giving Amanda Dowdle, Vice President for Finance and Administration Jeff Scaccia, and Professor of Biology Dr. Mike Rischbieter pitched in to help President Staton during the ceremony.
Students Research Trees on Campus
What kind of service-learning projects are students involved in? Check out the research that two students conducted on campus trees this past summer.