|Submission Date||Jan. 31, 2011|
Associate Chancellor for Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
In the past three or four years, UIC's practice has been to install low maintenance, native plants in new renovation/construction campus grounds. The construction of Lincoln Hall (UIC's first LEED Gold certified building), is just one of the latest "green" buildings that have low maintenance, native plant plot with proper drainage surrounding the building. http://www.uic.edu/sustainability/initiatives/buildings/lincolnhall.html As new buildings/major remodeling projects occur their will be a transition to this kind of landscaping. A prairie garden has been planted across from the UI Medical Center http://blog.sustainability.uic.edu/2009/09/ui-hospital-prairie-garden-blossoms.html. In addition, the Department of Biological Sciences, Grounds and Maintenance, along with students and student groups have been maintaining a couple of small plots of native plants under the program UIC Seed as a pilot project for future native plant landscaping endeavors. UIC also maintains a satellite 5 acre plot (James Woodworth Prairie) of native prairie grass in Glenview, Illinois.
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