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Objectives: Develop and manage a unique landscape that stresses sustainability, functional “working” grounds, and aesthetics. Manage campus grounds in the highest master landscape and grounds maintenance plan that stresses sustainable landscaping principles including.

Goals:

Develop a master campus landscape plan.

  • Form a working group to draft a sustainable campus master landscape plan and gain approval

 

Develop a campus landscape management plan that relies on sustainability best practices.

  • Form a working group to draft a sustainable campus landscape management plan and gain approval

 

Install landscaping materials in accordance with the master plan.

  • Maximize the use of locally sourced, native plant material that is well suited for the local environment.  Such plant material will require less fertilizer, irrigation, or pesticide. Emphasis should be placed upon perennials rather than annuals
  • Utilize the widest genetic base among individual species
  • Eliminate existing invasive exotic species
  • Include endangered, rare species to the extent possible
  • Include useful plants (e.g., pest deterrents, nitrogen-fixing plants, edibles and medicinals) for pedagogical and practical purposes
  • Reduce turf area and monocultures in favor of diverse native ground covers, tree canopies, prairies, understory trees and shrubbery
  • Maintain and update the campus tree inventory on an annual basis. Continue to participate in Tree Campus U.S.A.
  • Dedicate a significant portion of campus to fruit and vegetable production
  • Consider a sugar maple stand along the river
  • Integrate Permaculture thinking into grounds maintenance that focuses on biomimicry and ecological restoration - to include planting food, medicine, and other species that benefit insects, act as nitrogen fixers, provide habitat, and increase biodiversity and learning opportunities
  • Create signage that provides students, staff, and visitors with opportunities to learn about plant species(uses, functions, details, etc.), as well as planting purposes

 

Create or enhance wildlife habitat locations on campus.

  • Create more natural prairie areas such as exist near Halsey Science Building, allowing for aesthetic considerations (e.g., more flowering plants) in some landscape designs
  • Enhance wildlife habitat by providing artificial structures (e.g. bat and bird houses)

 

Reduce the quantity and impact of harmful, chemical based, landscaping maintenance products.

  • Use organic fertilizers to the maximum extent possible.  The grounds shop already owns equipment necessary to make compost tea organic fertilizer
  • Incorporate integrated pest management practices to deal with seasonal pests
  • Work to minimize or eliminate toxic chemicals from landscape management
  • Reduce the use of salt based “ice melt” from sidewalks
  • Work with the biodigester and University partners to use created compost on university grounds
by Spanbauer, Bradley R last modified Apr 17, 2014 03:07 PM

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