Land and Water
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Sod is a maintenance and resource-intensive ground covering. Check out the alternatives that UMD Grounds plants throughout campus!
Yes, that is food growing around campus. Connecting our campus grounds with education (and yummy things to eat!)
Try something different: walk outside to your next class or meeting today!
Learn how green space and innovative land use have made our campus both beautiful and sustainable.
Proper land management helps to sustain our water resources. Stormwater that runs off campus land enters local creeks and eventually Lake Superior, making stormwater protection a priority. Slowing down water before it leaves campus is a big part of protecting water quality in local streams; on campus water is slowed through the use of grassy swales, pervious pavers, and planting alternatives to sod.
The Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP@UMD) formed in 2009 to institute education, research, and community engagement around local food systems and food security in the western Lake Superior region.