Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.16
Liaison Rebecca Walker
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2014
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Southern Oregon University
OP-T2-47: Xeriscaping

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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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 SOU Xeriscape policy is to reduce planter sizes by mulching and removing high water usage plants. Our xeriscape policy also uses Meditteranean plants that have evolved in similar climates to ours. Local natives that are indigenous to high desert or semiarid environments as well as deep rooted, drought tolerant stress species are being chosen for new plantings. Turf irrigation is lowered or reduced to the point of compensation through observation as we do not yet have ET (evapotranspiration) data input to a centralized irrigation system although we have installed compatible irrigation clocks for future upgrades. Additionally, in older more established plantings, especially on slopes, we have capped off sprinkler heads and rely on overspray from nearby plantings.

The website URL where information about the program or practice is available:

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