As a leading academic research institution and health care facility, the largest employer in Alabama, and single-largest contributor to Birmingham’s economy, UAB has more than 120 buildings spread over more than 93 city blocks, comprising much of the southern half of the city center. Effective and sustainable operations are essential to the mission of the UAB enterprise.

Tree Campus USA

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Campus Tree Advisory Committee was established as part of the Tree Campus USA initiative developed by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The mission of the UAB Campus Tree Advisory Committee is to protect, promote, and preserve existing trees on UAB’s campus, while providing guidance to encourage the addition of campus green spaces, in order to create a more attractive, healthy, and sustainable campus environment.
A tree surrounded by fences with a sigh reading "This tree is being protected during construction."

Plant a Tree at UAB

Over the course of 50 years, a single tree can generate $31,250 worth of air pollution control, recycle $38,000 worth of water, and control $31,500 worth of soil erosion. UAB is committed to both beautifying our campus and improving the environment by establishing the UAB Tree Fund. Your gift to the Tree Fund will be used to maintain tree diversity, replace damaged or diseased trees, and add to the overall tree population on campus.

Give now. Upon receipt of your gift to the Tree Fund, you or your honoree will receive a certificate by mail to recognize your support for trees at UAB.

The Arbor Day Foundation recognized UAB with the 2015 Tree Campus USA designation for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

UAB met five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA:
  • Establish a tree advisory committee,
  • Develop a campus tree-care plan,
  • Dedicate annual expenditures for its campus tree program,
  • Host an Arbor Day observance, and
  • Sponsor environmentally-related student service-learning projects

The UAB Campus Tree Care Plan aims to protect, promote, and preserve existing trees on UAB’s campus, while providing guidelines to
encourage the addition of campus green spaces, in order to create a more attractive, healthy, and sustainable campus.

The committee consists of members of the faculty, staff and student groups, and also a member of the Birmingham community.

Each member will serve a 2 year term with option to renew as approved by the Chairperson (Manager, Campus Services and Grounds). The Committee will participate in annual reviews of the Tree Care Plan, and provide support for projects related to trees and green spaces on campus.

Facility Management

Tim Sullivan, Chairperson
Manager, Campus Services and Grounds

Faculty

Stephen Watts, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biology 

Staff

Students help plant a tree on campus. Julie Price, Ph.D.
Sustainability Coordinator

Brian Templeton
Landscape Architect and Project Manager; Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction

Geoff Boyd
Landscape Architect and Project Manager; Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction

Scott Thompson
University Arborist, Campus Services and Grounds

Students

Sarah Griffin
Political Science and Philosophy major

Madison Casey
History major and Social Work minor

Community Partners

Henry Hughes
Director of Education, Birmingham Botanical Gardens

John Nagy
Glen Iris Neighborhood Representative
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