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Valley College Maintains its Tree Campus USA Distinction

Valley College was host to a tree-planting ceremony on campus Monday afternoon honoring its merit.

Published: Friday, October 19, 2012

Updated: Friday, October 19, 2012 01:10

Valley College, the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota were host to a special tree- planting event Monday afternoon recognizing Valley’s distinction as the only community college in California and the first college or university in Los Angeles to receive the Tree Campus USA title.

"It's a pleasure to be here at LAVC as part of this Tree Campus USA event," said Mary Widhelm, the program manager for the Arbor Day Foundation. "Today, we celebrate LAVC's participation in the program."

A group of about 100 people that included students and staff from Valley, members of the Arbor Day Foundation, Toyota and community leaders came to show support as the college was honored with a banner and plaque awarding the school a Tree Campus USA recognition.

The participants also took part in planting 30 new trees on campus alongside Burbank Boulevard near the North Mall of the Theater Arts Building close to Fulton Avenue.

This year, Valley is one of the 13 schools that will receive a special tree-planting event from the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota. Valley has also become one of five colleges and universities in California— University of Redlands, UC Davis, UCSD and UC Irvine—with the merit.

“Your incredible commitment and sustainability makes it clear that you deserve these trees and care enough about the environment," said James H. Colon, vice president of product communications of Toyota. "College campuses are a great way to initiate the tree movement."

Part of the tree-planting event included removing tree stumps to make room for new ones. Valley President Sue Carleo, along with members of the ECO advocates club, participated in the tree planting.

According to Carleo, the Arbor Day Foundation and Tree Campus USA reached out to Valley, asking if it would like to be part of an event where trees would be planted throughout the school.

"They contacted [Valley] asking if we would like to be apart of a special activity as part of this national conference," said Carleo.

The Tree Campus USA program is going on its fifth year with the goal of awarding schools that are doing a good job of maintaining healthy trees.

For  more information about the Tree Campus USA pro- gram, visit www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

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