Auburn U Restores Campus Creek
Giving students, faculty and the community the ability to learn more about water resources, facilities recently restored the ecological function of the creek and included an outdoor classroom.
U Wisconsin Stout Makes Way for Green Space
A building was demolished recently to make a green space and outdoor recreation area for the 925 students who live in four of the university's north campus residence halls. Plans for the lot will most likely include volleyball courts, outdoor seating, grilling areas and a pedestrian walkway.
Vassar College Earns Tree Campus USA Designation
(U.S.): The college earned the new credential by creating a tree committee, which includes faculty, staff, students and community members, creation of a campus tree care plan, observing Arbor Day, and a service-learning project.
Western Illinois U Calculates Value of On Campus Trees
(U.S.): Students from an urban forest management course recently used free U.S. Department of Agriculture software, i-Tree, to estimate benefits of the university's tree canopy including carbon dioxide sequestration, energy savings and shade cover for people enjoying or working in the outdoors. The tree canopy is estimated to cover about 35 percent surface area of campus, which the program equates to roughly $26,000 of annual benefit to the surrounding area.
SUNY Cortland Becomes Tree Campus USA
The establishment of the university's urban forest with 53 tree species recently earned it the designation and will be celebrated by a tour during the school's Green Days festival.
Cleveland State CC Earns Tree Campus USA
The community college was recently honored with 2013 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
North Carolina State U Spreads Homemade Mulch
A new pilot project between university Grounds Management and the Horticulture Field Labs has resulted in a new type of mulch blended from campus landscape debris and wood chips donated by a local tree company, which will result in cost savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions associated with long-distance hauling and delivery.
U Georgia Uses Goats for Species Control
Over the next couple of months, the goats will help restore the ecological quality of a creek running through campus by munching away at the kudzu, English ivy, privet and other invasive plants that cover the stream banks. Students will have the opportunity to learn about urban water quality and invasive species.
Berry College Attains Tree Campus USA Status
The college was honored by Arbor Day with the new recognition after following the guidelines set forth including the creation of a comprehensive tree management plan for its 27,000 trees.
Auburn U Montgomery Becomes Tree Campus USA
(United States): The university recently met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.
George Washington U Receives SITES Certification
(United States): A 0.77-acre tract of land located in the watershed of the Potomac River was recently designated by The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™) as a sustainable area for features including biofiltration planters, native plant material, pervious pavers, cisterns, rain barrel, and sculptural fountain designed to reuse captured water. The SITES program was created to promote sustainable land development and management practices that can apply to sites with and without buildings.
Penn State Braces Old Trees On Campus
(U.S.): The university's Department of Landscaping recently hired two Japanese master gardeners to teach traditional tree preservation techniques and assist in installing support braces on a 100-year-old Japanese maple.
U Oregon Facilities Leave Tree Debris
In an effort to reduce pollution and create more natural spaces, this fall the university is allowing some of the leaf debris to remain in appropriate places across campus.
U Louisville Grows Green Space
A 4,000-square-foot area on campus is now a green space with a vegetable garden, clover pasture, rain barrels and compost containers.
U Maryland Celebrates 'Park(ing) Day'
Students from the university's chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Arboretum and Botanical Garden recently converted two parking spaces into a public park in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of green spaces in urban areas.
Moravian College Inventories Campus Trees
In an effort to preserve and manage their tree population, ecology students continue to work with an outside tree company to identify tree types, record GPS coordinates, measure vital info and assess the health of each specimen.
Loyola U Reinvents a Vacant Block
A recent decision by the local City Council turned over a vacated street which the university plans to use for expansion of its Rogers Park footprint. The space will be transformed into green space connecting campus and creating a safer area for students.
Vassar College Plants 1,100 Trees
To help buffer two adjoining streams and further climate change resiliency, students plan to reforest a 5-acre tract of the college’s Farm and Ecological Preserve in coordination with the Student Conservation Association (SCA). Liz Putnam, SCA founder and 1955 alumna of Vassar College, will be visiting and working with students.
U Toledo Completes River Restoration Project
(U.S.): In an attempt to restore a small stretch of the Ottawa River which runs through campus, the university installed natural stones, vegetation and man-made fish habitats to make the waterway a cleaner and healthier ecosystem.
Yale U Designates Urban Meadow Areas
Mowed just two to three times a year to promote the natural regeneration of grasses and wildflowers, these meadows promote increased biodiversity, improved air quality, natural aesthetics, stormwater runoff reduction, economic savings and learning opportunities.
U Louisville Transforms Area into Community Horticulture Zone
Initiated by a recent urban planning graduate, a formerly unused campus field is now home to raised garden beds, native plants, and two rain barrels that will connect to a nearby building’s downspouts. Food waste from the university's dining areas will be turned into compost to help grow produce including tomatoes, kale and sweet potatoes.
Hampshire College Students Organize Lawn-to-Meadow Transformation
As part of an invitation to assist in developing strategies for climate neutrality, students have successfully proposed that the college cease mowing about nine acres, and instead convert them into managed meadowlands. The accepted initiative, which includes appropriate soil types, plants and wildlife, is projected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 12,000 pounds and save about $2,300 in diesel fuel costs per year.
Dublin City U Launches Community Garden
(Ireland): As part of the Green Campus initiative, the university launched the DCU Community Garden. The garden is an open, all-inclusive area that can be utilized by staff, students and the community for teaching, research, education, training, community engagement and recreation.
U Nebraska Lincoln Students Receive Funding for Organic Farm
A group of students has received funding from a local nonprofit organization to create an organic farm on campus. The half-acre farm will be divided into three sections that will include an asparagus patch, a greenhouse and a space for student research. The group plans to organize the farm into work shares to allow student-volunteers to receive produce in exchange for labor.
U Nebraska Lincoln Alumni Raise Money for Organic Farm
(U.S.): Two alumni have been working with current environmental studies students to raise money to turn a half-acre of university land into an organic farm. The student-run farm has received commitment from the university for the land, and more than $2,000 toward the $3,500 needed to renovate a greenhouse on the site has been raised.
Morgan CC Creates Community Garden
The college has created a community garden to provide food for the community, help fund scholarships through produce sales, and provide a student educational component. Classes will be held to assist participants in becoming more self-sufficient with their own gardening sustainability efforts.
Frostburg State U Named Tree Campus USA
(U.S.): The university has been certified as a Tree Campus USA institution by the Arbor Day foundation. The campus has adopted a standard of planting native trees and shrubs.
U Manchester Students Plant First Campus Orchard
(U.K.): Forty students helped to plant more than eighty fruit trees around campus residence halls, aiming to provide staff and students locally grown apples. The university will plant plum, pear and soft fruit trees next winter.
U Rochester Named Tree Campus USA
The university has been certified as a Tree Campus USA institution by the Arbor Day foundation. There are 61 trees, 12 conifers, and six gardens on campus.
U South Florida Recertified as Tree Campus USA
(U.S.): The university has been recertified as a Tree Campus USA institution by the Arbor Day foundation for the second year in a row. One of the highlights that led to the recertification was the planting of 1,173 trees on campus in 2012.
Grand Valley State U Field Earns Sustainable Site Certification
The Student Recreation Fields has received certification by the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a pilot program that is creating national guidelines for sustainable land design. The project was judged based on efforts in categories such as site selection, pre-design assessment and planning, water, soil and vegetation, material selection, human health and well-being, operations and maintenance, and monitoring and innovation.