Hawkeye Community College Receives Tree Campus USA Award

Hawkeye President Todd Holcomb accepts a certificate designating the college a 2021 Tree Campus USA location posted on Thursday, April 14, 2022 in  College News

DES MOINES–Hawkeye Community College was recently honored with the 2021 Tree Campus USA Award at the Annual Community Forestry Awards Luncheon in Ankeny. The award was presented by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources April 12 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

“The Tree Campus USA award is a symbol for universities and colleges who continually strive to educate and engage their students and surrounding community about the benefits of trees and exhibit excellence in their tree management,” says State Forester Jeff Goerndt. Hawkeye Community College has provided an outstanding example for other Iowa colleges and universities, by enhancing our forest resources and demonstrating the great value of trees in providing multiple benefits for future generations.

Hawkeye Community College is one of only six Tree Campus USA award winners in Iowa. To receive the award, a campus must, at a minimum, have a campus Tree Advisory Committee, a tree care plan, a tree program with dedicated annual expenditures, an annual Arbor Day observance, and a service learning project to engage the student body.


  1. Arbor Day Foundation
  2. Community Forestry Awards
  3. Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  4. Tree Campus USA
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