Tree Campus Higher Education

Trees on the Bardeen Quad

The university recognizes trees as an essential asset for our campus and the community. They provide habitat for diverse species, sequester carbon from the atmosphere, and have been shown to affect human behavior positively. F&S is responsible for oversight of campus trees, with guidance from the Campus Tree Advisory Committee. Since 2015, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been honored with Tree Campus Higer Education® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

The university achieved the title by maintaining a tree advisory committee, establishing a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual stewardship for its campus tree program, performing an Arbor Day observance, and developing a student service-learning project. 

Tree Care Plan

The university’s tree care plan clarifies the campus commitment to maintaining trees. The programs and policies previously in place have been updated to reflect the current industry standards and procedures for the Urbana campus.

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The grounds department maintains the campus throughout the year, providing care for landscape and hardscape in the summer and snow and ice removal during the winter.

The Illini Union on a fall afternoon.

Landscape Architect

The University Landscape Architect oversees site development on the main campus and auxiliaries. All changes to the fabric of campus support the mission of our institution, balancing the needs of aesthetics for staff and students, attracting prospective students and donors, education uses, and sustainability.

The Gelvin Gardens provide an oasis of natural beauty gracing the entrance of the Krannert Art Museum. The gardens, originally designed by landscape architecture professor emeritus Terry Harkness, are maintained by KAM Council Gelvin Gardens volunteers led by Master Gardener Gloria Rainer. The space offers a peaceful place to enjoy flowers, fauna and sculpture work. The gardens are found at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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