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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
DuPage County Campus Awarded Arboretum Accreditation
In time for Arbor Day on April 27, a representative from The Morton Arboretum presented the DuPage County Board today with a certificate recognizing the County’s campus as an arboretum. The Morton Arboretum, in partnership with the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program, awarded DuPage County’s campus a Level 1 accreditation for achieving certain arboreta and botanic standards.
“The idea that DuPage’s campus could become an accredited arboretum originated at last year’s annual Environmental Summit, and we are thrilled to have reached that goal in just over a year,” said DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin. “I want to especially thank The Morton Arboretum for their great partnership and leading the way for DuPage County.”
On its 202 acres of property in Wheaton, the DuPage County campus is home to more than 2,800 trees representing 42 different species. Over the past several years, the County has worked to grow, restore and enhance the quality of vegetation on its campus.
“The County is dedicated to enhancing the aesthetics of our campus for the use and enjoyment of our employees and all the citizens of this DuPage County. In addition to beautifying the grounds, our efforts improve air quality, reduce stormwater runoff and decrease utility costs,” said DuPage County Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Healy.
DuPage County has plans to continue diversifying the species on its campus, as well as incorporating native trees, shrubs and plants. The campus also features a green roof, native gardens and recently restored 16-acres of woodland and wetland along nearby Winfield Creek.
“DuPage’s campus has become an example for other government properties throughout the County and region,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “Most importantly, visitors and residents served by DuPage County government have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of trees and native species when they visit the campus.”