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UMD Sustainability Banner: Land and Water - Being a university on a Great Lake and in the northwoods compels us to reduce impacts on our water resources and enhance our land resources.


Alternative plantings can be found throughout campus. A majority of these plantings are in areas that would otherwise hold sod, a high maintenance method of landscaping. Low maintenance alternative plantings help to diversify the look of our campus as well as reduce our carbon footprint.

Alternative Landscaping

Native and alternative plantings are a large portion of the landscaping on campus. These plantings are adapted to our climate and require little to no maintenance. Plantings include:

Other Alternative Plantings

Sunflower bed on Kirby Dr. near Kirby Plaza

Sunflower bed near Kirby Plaza in August.

Salsa Garden near Solon Campus Center

The Edible Landscape Project

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