Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design
This section provides vision, direction, and leadership for the coordination of landscape services in support of University projects and ensuring they are in line with the scope and spirit of the University Landscape Master Plan. This includes development of University greening and sustainable design goals, reviewing the design and construction documents for all new buildings and landscape installations, the coordination and selection of consultants, soliciting bids and contracts, and monitoring the landscape construction and maintenance of all campus projects. By working with community partners and relevant University academic programs, this section also provides guidance, design and programmatic framework for the restoration of Herring Run, a local stream that runs through the campus.
The grounds section maintains approximately 50 of the 184 acres that comprises the campus landscape. The grounds crew consists of 20 people including three supervisors and a grounds manager. Regular grounds maintenance includes mowing and watering lawns; planting trees, shrubs, and other landscape materials; maintaining flower beds, and snow and debris removal. The grounds crew is also responsible for managing the 1688.44 tons of trash generated annually.
The recycling section is responsible for designing and implementing a strategic green waste management program tailored to the unique needs of each campus building. This requires first identifying the quantity of recycling material then determining and acquiring the appropriate recycling receptacle for a given site. The recycling crew is comprised of five people who work to recycle 20% of the gross waste of the campus annually. The daily routine includes distribution of recycling receptacles and the collecting, sorting and removal of recycled materials. The section works with Grounds and Housekeeping to coordinate pick-up. Currently, the University recycles paper, corrugated cardboard, magazines, books, newspapers, wood pallets, aluminum cans, plastic containers, used motor oil, batteries and ink cartridges.