Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.29
Liaison Seth Vidana
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2013
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Western Washington University
OP-T2-47: Xeriscaping

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Gary Hodge
Supervisor of Outdoor Maintenance
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:

When choosing plants for landscape plantings, Western’s gardening department takes a holistic approach, making sure they have the right plant in the right place. Hardy plants with good drought tolerance will often be chosen over plants that require more maintenance or plants that are less hardy. Plants are chosen based on the needs of an area, such as sun and wind exposure, water availability, and space for growth, and how these factors impacts a plant’s relationship surrounding species. Drip systems, which help to reduce excess water usage in irrigation, are installed in many places on campus. WWU is more likely to use xeriscape landscape techniques where it is not cost effective to install irrigation.

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

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