In 2013, UVM was officially recognized as a "Tree Campus" by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The initial application process was a student-driven effort by students in NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving and Impact Assessment and the Honors College HCOL 186: Trees and Culture courses: a testament to student initiative and interest in the environment on the University of Vermont campus.
Since that time, the Tree Campus designation and program continues each year under the direction of the Grounds Manager in coordination with a Tree Advisory Committee and student intern.
As part of the Tree Campus designation, the University has committed to meeting the five standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation which include:
- Created a tree advisory committee;
- Outlined a campus Tree Care plan;
- Dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program;
- Hosts an annual Arbor Day celebration; and
- Conducts student service-learning projects related to trees.