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Landscaping    Campus grounds play a strong role in sequestering carbon. Care must be taken to consider the impact building in certain areas will have on wildlife habitat and wetlands. Maintenance of buildings, removing ice/snow and dealing with pests are also opportunities to improve campus sustainability.    Evaluation can occur in a number of areas such as: native plants, wildlife habitat, xeriscaping, limited and controlled irrigation plans, Tree Campus USA, snow and ice removal, compost, and Integrated Pest Management.

Great example of a master plan that creates a performance landscape, storm water master plan, tree canopy plan and data, and the living, learning laboratory.  This is from the 2014 Annual Meeting Campus Efficiencies event.

Water Conservation in the landscape via water absorbing polymers and xeriscape.  This is from the 2015 Annual Meeting Campus Efficiencies event.

Stream restoration with community and government partners with students. This is from the 2015 Annual Meeting Campus Efficiencies event.


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Sustainability Checklist

Evaluate your campus sustainability against these categories.

Energy

Reducing energy saves operational costs, eases utility infrastructure and benefits the community at large. Check out various initiatives that save operational funds, as well as inform students, staff and public. Note new means to advance renewable energy sources!

Water

Review other initiatives campuses are using to conserve water. Due to either environmental or utility infrastructure problems, in some communities water is becoming the most expensive utility. Vigilance on conserving water can be cost effective, and it helps enlighten students and staff for the future.