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Albany Tech celebrates its Arbor Day with tree planting

Shirley Armstrong, executive vice-president for Academic Affairs at Albany Technical College addresses the crowd that gathered for ATC’s 2013 Arbor Day celebration Wednesday. The school marked the occasion by planting a Live Oak in the greenspace in front of the Nathaniel Cross Building.

Shirley Armstrong, executive vice-president for Academic Affairs at Albany Technical College addresses the crowd that gathered for ATC’s 2013 Arbor Day celebration Wednesday. The school marked the occasion by planting a Live Oak in the greenspace in front of the Nathaniel Cross Building.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany Technical College planted a live oak in the greenspace in front of the Nathaniel Cross Building on Wednesday to mark its 2013 Arbor Day celebration.

ATC is one of just two technical colleges in the state which enjoys Tree Campus USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners.

"This celebration is important because it gives us an opportunity to give back to the Earth," Georgia Forestry Commission Urban Forester Chuck Norvell said.

By meeting annual standards and being recognized as a Tree Campus USA college, Albany Technical College has created a campus that not only benefits the environment but instills pride in the students, faculty, and community.

The annual standards ATC must meet to maintain its Tree Campus USA designation are: Maintain a campus tree advisory committee; have a campus tree care plan; have a campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures; have an annual Arbor Day observance; and complete a yearly service learning project.

The Tree Campus USA program recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage their campus trees, develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests, strive to engage their student population utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus, and community, forestry efforts.