Sustainable Landscapes & Grounds
Sustainable landscape practices have been used at UAF for a long time. The Georgeson Botanical Garden at the UAF Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station has one of the oldest compost piles in Interior Alaska! UAF Grounds utilizes a combination of methods to minimize pollution, practice wise water use, avoid erosion, reduce waste and implement integrated pest management.
What is UAF doing?
- Integrated Pest Management and organic fertilizers are used at the Facilities Services Greenhouse.
- UAF banned all pesticide use in greenhouses and limits pesticide use to spot spraying in campus lawn areas.
- Native and perennial plants are replacing annuals in flowerbeds.
- Solar panels were installed to heat water at the FS greenhouse.
- The Georgeson Botanical Garden at UAF is composting all their garden waste.
- Natural Resource Conservation Service helped to plan how to control erosion at the GBG.
- GBG uses soaker hoses and trickle irrigation systems and mulching.
- Green food spaces were created in flowerbeds, the Chancellor’s house and Lola Tily Commons.
- Fish and bird waste from our beloved greenhouse pets is used as organic fertilizer.
- Food from the commons, grass clippings and paper waste are being composted and applied on flowerbeds.
- Facilities Services created a sustainable IPM and fertilizer operations manual for campus greenhouse and flower and vegetable beds.
- Excess heat from the power plants is being used to heat the greenhouse.
- Cooperative Extension Services produced and sells an Alaska Sustainable Gardening Manual.