Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.73
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

American University
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Chris O'Brien
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The AU Grounds department organizes Campus Beautification Day every April. Each year this event gathers more than 300 volunteers, bringing faculty and staff out of their cubicles and students out of their residence halls for a community-wide effort to enhance the university’s Arboretum and Public Gardens—the only university arboretum in Washington, D.C.

Volunteers spend the day planting native and adaptive trees and shrubs, mulching, weeding, and building rain gardens and other stormwater-management landscape features. The event has also drawn participation from neighboring Horace Mann elementary school, alumni and neighborhood residents.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
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