TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Rose-Hulman is gaining recognition for the number of trees it has on campus.

Image courtesy Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology/Bryan Cantwell

There are nearly 250,000 trees on the RHIT campus, which earned the school the Tree Campus of Honor award for the fourth time from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Trees create a scenic campus landscape that is one of our cherished assets. Our trees also highlight the importance we continue to place on sustainability, through campus programs and best building practices. We want our future scientists, engineers and mathematicians to use their skills to leave the world a much better place.

Rose-Hulman President Robert A. Coons

Rose-Hulman had to meet five Arbor Day Foundation standards:

  • Maintaining a Tree Advisory Committee.
  • Having a campus tree-care plan.
  • Dedicating annual expenditures for its Tree Campus program.
  • Conducting a student service learning project.
  • Observing Arbor Day

“Trees not only play a vital role in the environment but also in our daily lives,” said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Having trees on college and university campuses is a great way to show a commitment to students and faculty’s overall wellbeing.” 

As part of Earth Day last week, 60 students joined other volunteers to plant 120 trees with the Farrington’s Grove District. Rose-Hulman is one of 393 campuses across the United States to receive recognition and is one of 15 in Indiana.