Project Leads: Jim Horner & Theron Klos
Sponsor: Facilities Services & Capital Projects
TGIF Grant: $40,000
Project Theme: Habitat Restoration
Project Description: This project will prepare a master plan that includes locations, methodology, and plant palettes for converting selected grass lawns to regionally appropriate plants and promotes more efficient use of water and fossil fuel resources while respecting how open space is used.
- Student intern Kathy Tong was hired with the additional $1000 TGIF grant. Her completed tasks included conducting a water audit, designing and producing signage for the converted lawns, preparing base plans, and creating a project PowerPoint for presentation to Facilities staff and project posters.
- Contract documents, which included water meters, an irrigation system design, a planting design, were created for the test sites.
- Trial conversions were tested and signage installed at 5 conversion sites (see example in front of the Graduate Assembly at Anthony Hall).
Lawns to Meadows Presentation at May CACS Meeting
2012 Project Poster
Next Steps: Compare water, fuel, and labor use to baseline data, and observe other changes to flora and fauna at conversion sites. Project leader Jim Horner received TGIF permission to postpone the Anthony Hall lawn conversion as Fall/Winter 2012 construction at Anthony Hall will have be impacting the lawn. Conversion of the Anthony Hall lawn will commence upon completion of construction activities. The work on Anthony Hall is part of the Student Community Center improvements and will help the Graduate Assembly to get a LEED certification on Anthony Hall