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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.76
Liaison Trina Innes
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2014
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STARS v1.2

University of Alberta
OP-T2-19: Native Plants

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Ray Dumouchel
Associate Director, Buildings and Grounds Services
Operations and Maintenance
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Does the institution prioritize the use of native plant species in landscaping?:
Yes

A brief description of the native plant program, policy, or practice:

During new construction projects, landscape renovation and restoration initiatives, Buildings and Grounds Services always seeks opportunities to incorporate native and drought tolerant plant species. Recognizing the importance of native plant species, the objective is to reduce irrigation demands and to select plants which more readily adapt to our climatic conditions. The use of grass as a ground cover is discouraged and used only in student and staff gathering spaces like quads.

To this end, landscape architects are encouraged to consider native plants – both shrubs and grasses – when designing landscapes for new facilities.


The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:
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