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January 25, 2013
On behalf of the Arbor Day Foundation, I write to congratulate Texas State University, San Marcos for achieving recognition as a 2012 Tree Campus USA®. Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America, Inc., 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, Texas State University-San Marcos has met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including 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 and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects. Your entire campus community should be proud of this sustained commitment to environmental stewardship.
A couple of promotional items are being prepared for your campus to help publicize your new recognition. These include a customized press release for your communications contact and ceremonial letter for your president/chancellor (or the contact you listed in your application). Both items will be sent out to the respective individuals in the next two weeks. Your recognition materials will be shipped to your state coordinator to be distributed to you on or before your state's Arbor Day.
Again, congratulations! Your diligence in improving the environment and quality of life at Texas State University, San Marcos contributes to a healthier, more sustainable world for us all.
Arbor Day Foundation