Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.32
Liaison Carrie Metzgar
Submission Date May 3, 2013
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STARS v1.2

University of California, San Diego
OP-T2-47: Xeriscaping

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Michelle Perez
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management
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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:

Planting low-water-use, native, and drought-tolerant plants in 75% of the irrigated campus landscape has enabled the campus to greatly reduce water usage for landscaping. According to UC Office of the President Programs, "Through environmentally sensitive landscape management, UC is improving water and soil quality, conserving water, and promoting biological diversity. Practices such as integrated pest management, habitat restoration projects, campus gardens, and xeriscaping reduce environmental impacts, save money and enhance the educational value of UC campus lands."

Additionally, the UC San Diego Climate Action Plan states "Replacing non-native plants with species that naturally require less water is a simple way to reduce water usage while still providing landscaping across the campus. This action applies to non-turf areas that are planted with non-native species."

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

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