Lowell became certified as a Tree City in 1998, and UMass Lowell was certified as a Tree Campus in 2011.
This means that we are working with a national organization, namely The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City and Tree Campus USA programs, to increase the number and health of trees on campus and in Lowell.
Deforestation, in the name of development, is killing trees and destroying forests worldwide.
By welcoming trees back into Lowell, we help to counter that trend and at the same time improve the ecological health of the city that we call home. This, in conjunction with sustainable purchasing practices and other operations that UMass Lowell enacts, helps us to live reciprocally with nature.
Trees benefit us far more than simply sharing their aesthetic qualities. The Arbor Day Foundation has done the research on what other ecological services trees provide, and following are the top benefits that they found:
In summation, trees help us immensely and we are working to keep them thriving in Lowell!
Our certification means that we have people, plans, and a budget that all aim to keep UMass Lowell a tree-filled campus and Lowell a tree-filled city. These details are laid out in our Tree Care Plan.
As one result of this tree care plan, trees have been mapped and labeled on campus, and a virtual tree tour of campus is in the works. South Campus specifically is home to a large number of labeled trees, so feel free to take an in-person tree tour there at your leisure!
Here at UMass Lowell, we also do a yearly service-learning project that both benefits the trees here and teaches students about why they matter.
Similarly, we celebrate Arbor Day each year, to remind our community about the benefits that trees provide us with each and every day!