Georgia Tech has received the 2015 Georgia Urban Forest Council’s (GUFC) prestigious President’s Award for its comprehensive urban campus tree inventory and management practices. The GUFC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining Georgia’s green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees, will present its 2015 Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards on November 5 at its annual awards program in Savannah, Georgia.
This annual awards program rewards individuals and organizations for outstanding work in protecting and enhancing community forests. Georgia Tech is being recognized for its specific accomplishments in assessing the campus trees, documenting the environmental benefits of the campus trees, and implementing sound urban forestry management.
“This is a true testament to hard work and commitment to Tech’s unique urban landscape,” says Hyacinth Ide, associate director for Landscape Services. “There are many teams involved in achieving this status. From the continuous assessment and planning conducted by Capital Planning and Space Management teams to the landscaping professionals caring for and maintaining the grounds on a day-to-day basis, this award is shared by many at Georgia Tech.”
The Arbor Day Foundation awarded Georgia Tech, home to more than 11,000 trees, with the first Tree Campus USA designation in Georgia.