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 seven 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.
Kenyon’s dedication to trees as part of a push for carbon neutrality is clear: over 11,000 trees have been planted at the Brown Family Environmental Center over the past decade. That includes a 2013 volunteer effort that planted 500 oak trees to form eight concentric rings that form the template for a meditative labyrinth.