Tree Campus USA & Bee Campus USA

UCI became a recognized Tree Campus USA in 2010. UCI is known for its naturescape and the beautiful urban forestry that is integral to its identity. The urban forestry initiatives and sustainable landscaping are thanks to the outstanding Green and Gold Plan.

UCI became a recognized Bee Campus USA in 2021. Thanks to UCI’s great planning and grounds operations, we host many pollinator friendly habitats. UCI students recognized the importance of these spaces by advocating for this certification.

Thanks to these efforts, UCI is leading the way for beautiful and sustainable landscaping.


Campus Committee

If you’re interested in joining the committee for both Tree Campus and Bee Campus, please email for more information.

Sustainability Initiative Tree Planting Photo

Annual Tree Planting

Each year, UCI hosts an annual tree planting through the Shadetree Partnership that started in 1996 with 120 native oak trees. Look out for upcoming events to join this year’s.

Tree Campus USA

In order to become a Tree Campus USA, UCI must meet five core standards of tree care and community engagement:

  • Establish a tree advisory committee
  • Evidence of a campus tree-care plan
  • Verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree plan
  • Involvement in an Arbor Day observance
  • Service-learning project for engaging the student body

Bee Campus USA

In order to become a Bee Campus USA, UCI must meet six core commitments:

  • Establish a bee campus committee
  • Create and enhance pollinator habitat on campus
  • Offer service-learning projects to enhance pollinator habitat
  • Display signage on pollinator conservation
  • Offer courses or continuing education opportunities
  • Maintain an online presence