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Sustainable gardening & groundskeeping at Cornell

August 11, 2009

the green roof at Mann Library. Photo Lindsay France/University Photography

the green roof at Mann Library. Photo Lindsay France/University Photography


Last week, I went on a campus tour showing Cornell’s efforts toward a more sustainable landscape, led by David Cutter, landscape architect for Planning, Design and Construction at Cornell’s Facilities Services, and Peter Salino, Grounds Department director. I planned to do a writeup about it, but the Cornell Chronicle did it for me. Check it out.

Similar changes, especially sharply reducing mown areas to save on fossil fuels and cut emissions, are happening at Plantations, managed separately from Cornell’s Grounds Dept. It’s heartening to see these changes happen at an institution that is so influential in the ag and horticulture industries, on a campus celebrated and loved for its beauty.

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  1. August 11, 2009 1:16 pm

    thanks for sharing this – i was happy to see the image of libe slope growing taller than usual, with russet overtones to boot! david is a great resource, and obviously doing whatever he can to advocate for increased campus sustainability (i worked with him on the milstein project, which should also have a green roof when it’s completed).

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