UC Sustainability

UC Sustainability

Landscape

Overview

The University of Cincinnati Uptown Campus has undergone major changes over the past decade, including the conversion of dozens of acres of surface parking and concrete into welcoming landscapes and pedestrian routes.

UC is committed to providing more greenspace, more trees, and more sustainable landscape maintenance processes. A summary of these programs and processes can be found in the Landscape Guide.  Some initiatives include the UC Garden, the Stormwater Management Master Plan, and Trees for Tomorrow.

Integrated Pest Management

An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan is utilized by the Grounds Maintenance team.  The IPM covers fertilizer and herbicide use and insect control on both turf and ornamental beds.  Fertilizer applications are limited to turf areas at specific times of year in limited quantities.  Cultural practices are used to avoid use of herbicide and insecticide as much as possible.  When chemical intervention is deemed necessary, spot applications limited to the smallest area possible are made.

Snow Removal

The University of Cincinnati strives to incorporate sustainability into the design, operation, and maintenance of the built environment while ensuring the safety of students, staff, faculty, and visitors. When inclement weather hits campus in the winter months, the University takes a prescriptive approach to snow removal to minimize the harmful effects of salt on the campus's built environment, its landscapes, and adjacent streams and habitats. 

Spikes in salinity levels, salinization, from salting sidewalks and roadways disrupts natural biological balances and leads to soil contamination, poor walter quality, a reduction in biodiversity, and erosion of nutrient rich topsoil.  The corrosive nature of salt also deteriorates sidewalks, buildings, and site furnishings at an accelerated rate.

A prescriptive approach to snow and ice removal mimimizes salt application by focusing on primary and secondary pathways.  Tertiary, those sidewalks and steps less traveled, will remain snow covered and need to be avoided as accumulation begins.  This site specific approach to snow management also allows the University to identify micro-climates and opportunites for alternative de-icing elements.  These operational measures help to preserve and maintain a sustainable campus landscape. 

 

 

Landscape guide