Sep 10, 2020 | Featured

Columbia State Recognized As A Tree Campus USA College

Columbia State students and staff
Columbia State students and staff plant trees for Arbor Day in 2019, in conjunction with the Tree Campus USA designation. (Pictured, left to right): Dr. Christa Martin, Columbia State assistant to the president for access and diversity; Tia Lammert Miller, Columbia State student development coordinator; Rachel O‘Guin, Columbia State student; Heather Gauthier, Columbia State alumna; Kristyn Kephart, Columbia State alumna; Corey Cummings, Columbia State alumna; Jenna St. Pierre, Columbia State alumna; Diane Davis, Columbia State secretary for access and diversity; and Dr. Tim Hallmark, director of facilities services and safety.

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. Sept. 10, 2020) - - - Columbia State Community College was recently recognized as a Tree Campus USA college by the Arbor Day Foundation. Tree Campus USA is designed to award national recognition to college campuses promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.

"I am proud to see that all of the hard work of the Tree Campus Committee and the entire college community has resulted in receiving this prestigious recognition," said Dr. Tim Hallmark, Columbia State director of facilities services and safety.

To earn Tree Campus USA recognition, the college or university must meet the following criteria:

  • Establishment of a Campus Tree Advisory Committee
  • Evidence of a Campus Tree Care Plan
  • Verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the Campus Tree Plan
  • Involvement in an Arbor Day Observance
  • Institution of a Service Learning Project aimed at engaging the student body 

Only 10 colleges in Tennessee have received the Tree Campus USA distinction - only two are community colleges.

About the Arbor Day Foundation.

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 300 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Their vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger. 

As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at

2018 Tree Campus USA committee on Columbia State's Campus.