Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Next week is our celebration "Sustainapalooza." This is where we get in gear for striving towards a greener initiative and take responsibility for our own actions, and become stewards, as opposed to burdens, to our environment and our future. There are some really exciting events such as a presentation and showing of the Documentary film "FUEL" by Josh Tickell! To learn more about some events during "Sustainapalooza" visit student activities here.
The "S.C.C. Green Team Committee" has worked diligently to implement a recycling program on campus, and has succeeded well beyond any one's expectations. Single stream recycling is here. Anything that is recyclables can be thrown into one bin, taking the guesswork out of recycling and making it more efficient for everyone, and for the ideal itself!
As groundskeepers, we take our impact on the environment very seriously everyday. Each day we make decisions that will impact the environment. We are the forefront of environmental stewards and we take this very seriously. We have taken an active role in the "S.C.C. Green Committee," "S.C.C. Outdoors Club," "Higher Education Sustainability Consortium," "Arbor day Foundation" and many more organizations to keep up to date and do our part to move us into the forefront of sustainable practices!
If you want to learn more about our efforts as we start our part of the recycling program, and other exciting "green Decisions" and practices we are involved in, and are moving in to, please come see what we are up to at "Grounds: Our Story, Past, Present, and Future!" Thursday September 2nd, 11:30 AM, Social Science Building Auditorium! See you there! And don't be a "Looza" come to Sustainapalooza!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Adult Agrilus planipennis
The emerald ash borer was discovered in the United States in the early nineties, and has since devastated over 50 million ash trees to date, and they continue to spread. There has been some studies showing control measures to be effective but none have proven to be economical, but my hopes are that science will prevail and we can fix this issue we started.It pains me to say this, but this is a beautiful insect. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the damage they can cause is anything but beautiful. The easiest way to identify this insect, besides its distinctive physical features, is the distinctive exit hole it leaves when exiting the tree.
Emerald Ash Borer Larval Exit Hole. Note D-shapeFirewood and ash products tend to be the method of transportation for this pest, so if you do any traveling careful not to help this insect move into our area, and be sure to leave anything containing ash wood where it originated from. If you would like to learn more about this devastating pest, and keep tabs on new developments for control measures click here.
So get outside and enjoy our beautiful ash trees on campus and lets hope we can keep them around!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Example of newly planted rain garden. Note Downspout Extension. The Air conditioner unit will also be shaded by the plants, helping it be more efficient as well!
Pavers are a great option and great alternative to concrete. Pavers allow water to infiltrate between them, and often look much better than drab concrete!
Rain barrels are becoming more and more popular. Rain barrels can be acquired at many home and garden centers, and for those that are handy can be made for around twenty dollars! Rain barrels attach to your downspout and collect rain water that can be used later to water your trees, flowers, or lawn.
S.C.C. staff, family, students, and Coca-Cola volunteer their time to make rain barrels. This will not be the last you see of these barrels!
Stay cool out there, and I hope to see you out there enjoying the campus singing in the rain with me!