Wilbur Wright College is a Tree Campus USA for the third year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation
Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus
forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Toyota helped launch the
program and continues its generous financial support this year.
Wilbur Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s
five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual
expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.
“We are committed to sustainability at Wright College,” said Donald J. Laackman, interim president of Wilbur
Wright College, a winner of the Bronze Level Compact School award from the Illinois Campus Sustainability
Compact. “We want to set a good example for our students at the College as we teach them how they can
reduce, reuse and recycle.”
“Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create
a healthier planet for all of us,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.
“Toyota is so proud to support a program that we believe has a tremendous impact on both reducing the
environmental footprint of a college campus and inspiring college students to become the conservation leaders
of the future,” said Patricia Salas Pineda, group vice president of National Philanthropy and the Toyota USA
The Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota have helped campuses throughout the country plant hundreds of
thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested $23 million in campus forest
management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA