GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue and Lafayette have both been ranked on "green" lists recently.
This week Purdue made the list of the 322 most green schools in the country.
The study looked at the colleges' commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
This is the third year of the green colleges list.
Five other Indiana schools made the list: Ball State, Indiana University, Indiana State, Notre Dame and Earlham College.
Meanwhile Indiana recognized Lafayette, among 64 other cities, as one of its "Tree Cities."
The city's been recognized as a Tree City USA by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Forestry for outstanding management of urban forests.
"In 2012, Indiana's 65 Tree Cities planted more than 14,500 trees, removed 15,800 (some due to trees lost to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer), and pruned 45,357. These municipalities are to be commended for utilizing the urban forest as a tool to enhance economic development, environmental health, and quality of life in their community," said State Forester John Seifert.
The Tree City USA program has been in place in Indiana for almost 30 years. Bloomington met the criteria in 1984 and became the first Tree City in the State.
In 2012, four cities were awarded Tree City USA for the first time: NSA Crane, Hartford, Dana and Batesville.
To become a Tree City USA, communities must draft and pass a public tree care ordinance, appoint a municipal department and tree advisory committee, spend at least $2 per capita for the tree care program and have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
The communities will be formally recognized by DNR Forestry staff during April and May at Arbor Day ceremonies throughout the state. The National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters sponsor the program, which now includes 3,447 Tree Cities nationally, 443 of which received the Growth Award.
The state lost six Tree Cities this year, many of which had held their status since the early 1990s. A total of 568 cities and towns in the state are eligible for consideration.
For more information on urban forestry and how to become a Tree City USA, you an call 317-234-6568 or email urbanforestry@dnr.IN.gov.
Here are the 65 honorees:
Grissom Air Reserve Base
*Denotes Growth Award
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