CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–November 3, 2014. With its multiple species of trees, Roosevelt University’s Schaumburg Campus is being recognized by the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. as an official arboretum.
The Schaumburg Campus received accreditation as a bona fide arboretum after 34 different types of trees and 10 types of shrubbery were identified on the 27-acre suburban grounds.
“This recognition helps to define the Schaumburg Campus as a leader in sustainability and as a community partner supporting biodiversity in the village of Schaumburg,” said Paul Matthews, assistant vice president for campus planning and operations at Roosevelt University.
Matthews credited Mary Rasic (pictured above), a Crystal Lake resident and Sustainability Studies major at Roosevelt, with applying for and paving the way for the Morton accreditation.
“She (Rasic) not only surveyed our campus grounds (pictured above, at right), documenting all of the trees and bushes. She also made the case that the Schaumburg Campus’ many sustainability features are educational, open to the public and vital to the community,” said Matthews.
Tree species documented by Rasic include: four varieties of Maple; Alder; River Birch; Common Hackberry; Turkish Filbert; several varieties of Crabapple, Hawthorn, Ash, Spruce, Pine and Oak; Honey Locust; Chanticleer Pear; Linden; Saucer Magnolia, European Larch; Eastern Redbud “Judas-tree”; Sycamore; Ginko “Maidenhair Tree”; and Accolade Elm. Shrubbery the student catalogued included Spirea; Juniper; Honeysuckle; Barberry; Rose; Day Lily; Dwarf Lilac; Current; Panic Grass; and Catnip.
“We have a public garden at the Schaumburg Campus and the accreditation will help us to educate the public about its many features and to open our space and share what we have with the community,” said Rasic.
The Arboretum Accreditation – Level 1 designation from the Morton Arboretum runs through September 2019. Rasic hopes to begin work on achieving Level 2 certification, which will require the planting of more varieties of trees around the campus in the spring.