Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.13
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2013
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Auburn University
OP-T2-47: Xeriscaping

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Gary Keever
Thomas H. Dodd, Jr. Professor of Horticulture
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Does the institution use xeriscape landscaping techniques, including the selection of drought tolerant plants?:

A brief description of the program or practice:
The AU landscape water management plan, developed and implemented in 2008, includes landscape recommendations for campus related to design, installation, and management of outdoor spaces, as well as landscape water conservation best management practices (BMPs). These BMPs integrate plant selection, plant adaptation, irrigation, cultural and management practices, and a change in the acceptable expectations of plant performance under sub-optimal water conditions.

The first two BMPs are
1) Define and prioritize landscape areas;
2) Coordinate plant selection for all new landscapes and renovations of existing landscapes with irrigation priorities of the area and soil conditions. Plants selection decisions should not depend entirely on water requirements. Whenever possible, plants native to Alabama should be used. Plants should be non-invasive, generally have low maintenance requirements, be free of diseases and pests, adaptable to specific soil and light conditions, and have aesthetic qualities that complement the area and campus as a whole.

The website URL where information about the program or practice is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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