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Tree Campus USA Certification

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.

Tree Campus USA Logo Photo by The Arbor Day Foundation, via
Tree Campus USA logo

Why We're Helping Trees

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.

How Do Trees Help Us?

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:

  • Trees reduce erosion, help filter stormwater, and increase air quality.
  • Shade from trees can reduce energy costs of buildings by up to 25%, so whether that energy comes from renewable resources or fossil fuels you still use less of it!
  • Trees have been proven to increase connections among neighbors and increase use of community spaces, and thus make property values higher and community ties stronger.
  • Trees provide a habitat and food for a wide variety of our fellow species here in Lowell, which all better our ways in a multitude of ways.

In summation, trees help us immensely and we are working to keep them thriving in Lowell!

What Trees Are Our Neighbors?

  • American Beech
  • American Buckeye
  • American Elm
  • Black Locust
  • Blue Spruce
  • Callery Pear
  • Chinese Elm
  • Crabapple
  • Eastern Canadian Hemlock
  • English Elm
  • English Yew
  • Flowering Dogwood
  • Ginkgo
  • Gray Birch
  • Green Ash
  • Grey Birch
  • Honey Locust
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Japanese Maple
  • Japanese Stewartia
  • Japanese Tree Lilac
  • Japanese White Pine
  • Kousa Dogwood
  • Kwanzan Cherry
  • Linden
  • Magnolia
  • Mulberry
  • Norway Maple
  • Norway Spruce
  • Pin Oak
  • Plane Tree
  • Red Cedar
  • Red Maple
  • Red Oak
  • River Birch
  • Silver Maple
  • Sugar Maple
  • Sweetgum
  • Tupelo
  • Weeping Cherry
  • White Ash
  • White Pine
  • Yellowwood

Changes For The Better

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!