It’s more than just letting the grass grow. Onondaga’s 280 acres are undergoing what are noticeable changes to the campus landscape.
For many years, Onondaga, like most colleges, universities, and organizations, maintained a largely grass landscape that is carefully mowed on a weekly basis. In fact, for approximately a six-month period between May and October, the Grounds crew at Onondaga typically mows 55 acres of grass each week.
As part of the College’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, and in keeping with The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment letter signed by Dr. Sydow in 2007, the implementation of the sustainable master landscape plan will reduce the College’s dependence on lawn-mowing and return portions of the campus landscape to a more natural state of grasses, meadows and wildflowers.
While some areas of the campus may look a bit unkempt initially, natural re-growth in these areas will occur over time. The Grounds crew will continue to mow those areas adjacent to roadways and sidewalks as necessary for recreation and other purposes.
Reduce and eliminate unsustainable operational practices
Increase the ecological significance and knowledge on the campus
Revitalize the campus into a sustainable landscape showcase
The plan involves two main areas of focus:
Open Space - Lawn areas on campus will be converted to one of the following plant communities:
To see which community goes where you can review the sustainable landscape map (pdf)
Structures and Infrastructure - The plan includes the following proposed improvements to structures and infrastructure:
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