|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||May 18, 2011|
University of California, San Diego
Tier2-1: Native Plants
|0.25 / 0.25||
Does the institution prioritize the use of native plant species in landscaping?:
A brief description of the native plant program, policy, or practice:
UC San Diego’s campus master plan and other approved planning document define the use of native plantings. Excerpts: “Indigenous vegetation should be considered as a landscape fabric that has a coastal sage and chaparral integrity and heritage to it.” “The use of grass as a ground cover is discouraged except in sunny locations where students, faculty…may gather on a lawn. Planting areas, to the greatest extent possible, should be covered by a variety of xeric-tolerant, indigenous, and ornamental shrubbery and ground cover.”
The landscape management staff values the use of native plants; When reviewing plans for a new landscape, inclusion of appropriate native plantings are verified. For example recommending the use of Saliva clevelandii for a shrub in housing project instead of using Pittosporum crassifolium. Or employees are the unofficial watch dogs for the protection of existing native habitat adjacent to a new development. Plant material Identification questions during employment hiring include common native plantings.
http://physicalplanning.ucsd.edu This site Includes UC San Deigo’s Master Plan, Neighborhood Plans, Guidelines and campus wide landscape Polices.
This site includes all scope of work services by UC San Diego Facilities Management Landscape Services.
The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available: