Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.30
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date March 19, 2013
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Virginia Tech
OP-T2-19: Native Plants

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Matthew Gart
Campus Landscape Architect
Office of University Planning
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Does the institution prioritize the use of native plant species in landscaping?:

A brief description of the native plant program, policy, or practice:

The Campus Design Principles prepared by Sasaki Associates (Revised August 2010) outlines the landscaping and design principles for Virginia Tech. The Landscaping section begins on page 15 of the document. The Landscaping section contains many specific references to native plants, such as “to the practical extent possible, tree and shrub plantings should consist of species that are native to the Appalachian Mountain region” (p. 23). Listings of acceptable native plants for use on campus are also provided throughout pages 15-33 and are categorized by the area on campus that the plantings will be placed.

To view the Campus Design Principles please see: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/documents/oup/design_principles.pdf

The Office of University Planning created the Meadow Grass interpretive signage to highlight Virginia Tech’s sustainable grounds-keeping strategies and native plants. The Meadow Grass interpretive signage includes a description of sustainable grounds-keeping strategies in 18 locations around campus. For examples of the signage, a map of campus meadows, and photos of the actual signage in the meadows please see: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/documents/sustainability/unlinked/06232011/sign_nativeplants.asp

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

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