Ripon College named a Tree Campus USA

Tree Campus USA

Ripon College has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. This honor is bestowed on colleges and universities that promote healthy trees and involve students and staff in conservation.

Calyn Rieger ’22 of Dassel, Minnesota, was instrumental in the effort to earn this honor for Ripon College with help from Alice Reznickova, director of sustainability.

There are five core standards a college or university must meet to receive the designation: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for a campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and student service-learning project. Currently, 385 campuses across the United States have this designation.

“Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Because of Ripon College’s participation, air will be purer, water cleaner and your students and faculty will be surrounded by the shade and beauty the trees provide.”

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $51 million in campus forest management last year. More information is available at

Jillian Heidenreich ’22
Monroe, Wisconsin