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Grounds - Tunnel


Native plants in "The Tunnel."

AU strives to practice low-impact, low-maintenance, low-resource-use landscaping methods suited to our unique environment. Our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program incorporates pest life cycles, and their environmental interactions, with pest control methods to minimize damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including the judicious use of pesticides.

What AU Is Doing

  • Celebrating the campus arboretum by inventorying and labeling our trees, and hosting guided tours of our natural setting
  • Achieving recognition as 1 of only 74 colleges and universities designated as a Tree Campus USA for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.
  • Replacing surface parking with natural and other uses that beautify campus, reduce stormwater runoff, and reduce the "heat island effect"
  • Avoiding plants that require spraying.
  • Using native or pest-free plants.
  • Replanting infected plants with replacements that are less likely to become infected.
  • Encouraging "good bugs" that eat "bad bugs."
  • Partnering with Recycled Green Industries to collect, compost, and return AU's yard waste for use on our grounds.
  • Preventing soil erosion with ground cover and dense planting on sloped areas.
  • Reducing the environmental impacts of snow and ice removal by using MgCl as an alternative¬†for NaCl for walkways and stairways. This reduces harmful runoff to our grounds and our ecosystem. We also hand-shovel and use sweeping equipment to remove our snow and ice.
  • Installing green roofs on campus, five so far, the most of any university in the DC area including two on the Kogod School of Business that were created with the volunteer help of students, faculty, staff, and community members.