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Thoughtful stewardship of Kenyon's canopy is central to the College's sustainability efforts. The College's tree-care plan has earned Kenyon the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA recognition four years in a row. Kenyon achieved the recognition by meeting Tree Campus USA’s standards, which include maintaining a tree-advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for a campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning project.
Kenyon's maintenance department and the office of green initiatives share responsibility for Kenyon's tree-care plan. In addition, staff, faculty, students and community members serve on an advisory committee.
Tree-Care Plan Goals
Maintain 38-42 percent tree canopy on campus.
Facilitate the achievement of 26 percent woodland cover on campus.
Thoughtfully manage the impact of development on campus trees during both planning and construction phases.
Maximize our capacity for disease detection and prevention and coordinate reasonable tree removals with a planting program that prioritizes ecosystem function along with aesthetics. Species selection, age class selection and planting locations should focus on moving Kenyon towards its cover and carbon reduction goals.
Campus Tree Advisory Committee
Chief Business Officer – Mark Kohlman Philander Chase Conservancy Managing Director – Lisa Schott Faculty Representatives – Robert Alexander, Christopher Bickford, Siobhan Fennessy, Gred Spaid Director of Green Initiatives – David Heithaus Grounds Manager – Steve Vaden Assistant Director of Housing – Lisa Train Student Representatives – Dani Huffman '19, Kira Lancz '21, Sarah McPeek '19 Community Representatives – Rachel Garcia, Kachen Kimmel
Initiatives at Kenyon's Brown Family Environmental Center
Kenyon’s dedication to trees as part of a push for carbon neutrality is clear: about 10,000 trees have been planted on the acreage of the Brown Family Environmental Center in the past decade. That includes a volunteer effort that planted about 500 oak trees at the Center in 2013 to form eight concentric rings that make the paths of a meditative labyrinth.