LTSP Named a Tree Campus USA for 4th Time

A condensed version of this article was published in the Spring 2013 edition of
PS, The Philadelphia Seminary magazine 

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) is a Tree Campus USA for the fourth year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation announced in early March 2013.

The Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel and William Allen PlazaTree 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.

LTSP 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.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “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.”

The Bartlett Chestnut receiving its annual maintenance.

“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 Foundation.

LTSP's campus has been noted by the US Forest Service for its density and collection of trees. The campus houses a rare "Bartlett Chestnut," which is maintained by the Bartlett Company as an example of the specimen (photo at left). Other specimen trees were brought to campus over the years by seminarians and alumni, and others are maintained in memory of people important to the school and its graduates and friends.

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

The Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel with Center City Philadelphia in the background
photo above: The Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel with Center City Philadelphia .in the background

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