The Landscape and Exterior Services departments are responsible for maintaining and enhancing the exterior environment on campus, and a number of their existing programs improve the sustainability of our campus.
Since 1990 the University of Idaho has planted more than 2,400 trees from 100 different genus and species on campus, some as replacement for removed trees, but most are additions. Trees provide CO2 retention, reducing the volume of greenhouse gases, and help cool the environment by capturing solar energy to build complex hydrocarbons. They also provide shelter and food for a wide variety of animal life.
As part of our flood control program, the University has developed a number of storm water retention ponds and creek diversions, which function as overflow areas for the main stream channel when needed.
During recent years the University's turf management program has instituted sustainable practices. These include mulching grass clippings, using automatic watering systems and reducing the use of ornamental turf on slopes.
For over 30 years the University of Idaho has used reclaimed water to irrigate much of the campus landscape.