Thoughtful stewardship of Kenyon's canopy is central to the College's sustainability efforts. The College's tree-care plan has earned Kenyon the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA recognition four years in a row. Kenyon achieved the recognition by meeting Tree Campus USA’s standards, which include maintaining a tree-advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for a campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning project.
Kenyon's maintenance department and the office of green initiatives share responsibility for Kenyon's tree-care plan. In addition, staff, faculty, students and community members serve on an advisory committee.
Chief Business Officer – Mark Kohlman
Philander Chase Conservancy Managing Director – Lisa Schott
Faculty Representatives – Robert Alexander, Christopher Bickford, Siobhan Fennessy, Gred Spaid
Director of Green Initiatives – David Heithaus
Grounds Manager – Steve Vaden
Assistant Director of Housing – Lisa Train
Student Representatives – Dani Huffman '19, Kira Lancz '21, Sarah McPeek '19
Community Representatives – Rachel Garcia, Kachen Kimmel
Kenyon’s dedication to trees as part of a push for carbon neutrality is clear: about 10,000 trees have been planted on the acreage of the Brown Family Environmental Center in the past decade. That includes a volunteer effort that planted about 500 oak trees at the Center in 2013 to form eight concentric rings that make the paths of a meditative labyrinth.