The Roosevelt University campus in Schaumburg has renewed its Level I Accreditation through the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum. With 49 identified species of trees, the arboretum preserves Schaumburg’s biodiversity and creates a welcoming green space for the campus community.
As part of Roosevelt’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, the hundreds of trees on campus help reduce air and noise pollution from the surrounding Chicago suburbs. The 27-acre campus also acts as a wildlife refuge for animals displaced by office buildings and shopping malls along the bustling business corridor.
“Even a relatively small parcel of land can support many species of plants, animals and fungi,” said assistant biology professor Emily Dangremond. “By creating a wildlife habitat, we are reducing the impact of our buildings and campus on other species with whom we share the planet.”
Dangremond’s biology students have embraced the on-campus arboretum as a learning opportunity. During their studies of population and community ecology, her classes have counted the number of oak trees in different stages of growth. With its hiking trails and community garden, the campus also provides a green space to relax and enjoy nature.
The Schaumburg Campus first achieved arboretum accreditation in 2014. Roosevelt’s physical resources team and sustainability studies students inventoried more than 500 trees to design a maintenance plan for the urban forest.
The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program, sponsored and coordinated by The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards. The program offers four levels of accreditation, recognizing arboreta of various degrees of development, capacity and professionalism.
Roosevelt has previously been recognized as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation and a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.