Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.18
Liaison Kelli O'Day
Submission Date Sept. 13, 2013
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University of California, Davis
OP-T2-47: Xeriscaping

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Camille Kirk
Director of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Planner
Office of Sustainability
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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:

UC Davis uses xeriscape landscaping techniques, including the selection of drought tolerant plants where possible throughout the campus. The use of drought tolerant plants is particularly emphasized in new landscapes developed as part of new road or building construction projects. When existing landscapes must be modified the decision to utilize drought tolerant plants depends on the surrounding context and budget constraints.

The campus has also recently completed a Landscape Management Plan which functions as a tool for evaluating existing campus landscapes and identifying those that are suitable for conversion, typically to xeriscape, because the maintenance levels and water required to retain those landscapes is out of balance with the use or purpose of the landscape. This effort is being spearheaded by the Public Garden Pilot Project Team composed of campus staff from the Arboretum, Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture, Grounds, the Riparian Reserve, and Civil and Industrial Services.

The UC Davis Arboretum also has a very well-developed sustainable horticulture program with a significant community outreach component (Arboretum All-Stars) whose main purpose is to promote "valley-wise" gardening - which is the use of plants that are climate appropriate for the Sacramento Valley. Where possible, plants from the Arboretum's "All-Stars" list are specified in planting plans for campus projects designed in-house, and consultants are encouraged by campus staff to consider selecting plants from this palette as well in their design work.

Further information can be found at: http://campus-care.ucdavis.edu/grounds/about.shtml

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

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